Provincial Budget Will Set Future for LRT South of the Fraser
February 9, 2016
SURREY, B.C. – In advance of next week’s provincial budget, Light Rail Links is urging the Government of B.C. to commit funding to Surrey’s proposed 27-km Light Rail Transit (LRT) system, which will benefit communities south of the Fraser. The upcoming provincial budget, to be announced on February 16, will identify the official funding commitments planned by the Province.
“The B.C. government has said they support LRT in Surrey,” says Anita Huberman, Chair of Light Rail Links and CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Now we are asking the government to demonstrate their commitment to the region by allocating funding in the upcoming provincial budget.”
At a recent meeting in Surrey, B.C. Minister responsible for TransLink, Peter Fassbender, said the province is ready to invest in local projects, stating for reporters that the Province’s money is on the table for major projects. Specifically noting Surrey, Fassbender stated, “we’re ready to put those projects into the ground and make it happen.”
“Not only is LRT a cost-effective, high quality form of rapid transit that will connect the most communities, it also is proven to shape and build communities,” says Huberman. “The entire 27-km LRT system is required to achieve these community benefits and the upcoming provincial budget will set the future for LRT south of the Fraser.”
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About The Light Rail Links Coalition
The Light Rail Links Community Coalition formed as a result of the growing movement of like-minded individuals and groups advocating for LRT south of the Fraser. Our coalition is made up of community supporters that represent a variety of interests, including business, community and neighbourhood groups and the tourism sector. To learn more about the Light Rail Links Community Coalition and our upcoming activities, please visit at www.lightraillinks.com or follow on Twitter at @LightRailLinks.