Surrey British Columbia Pushing For Light Rail Transit Solution – Canada Knows The Value Of Light Rail

Surrey British Columbia Pushing For Light Rail Transit Solution – Canada Knows The Value Of Light Rail

The Surrey Board of Trade announced a new coalition, Light Rail Links, which is joining the call for an light rail transit solution to the region’s lack of rapid transit infrastructure. Surrey business and community groups formed the group to get light rail transit on track for south of Fraser.

Surrey Mayor, Dianne Watts, has been pushing for years to bring a light rail solution connecting Surrey town centres: one between City Centre and Guildford, along 104th Avenue; one connecting City Centre to Newton, along King George Boulevard; and one connecting Surrey to Langley along the Fraser Highway. The mayor is in support of light rail transit as compared to a SkyTrain solution.

Increased traffic in Surrey as the population grows has become a very real threat to potential businesses investing in Surrey. Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman said it took her 50 minutes by car to get from South Surrey to the Board of Trade office at 104th and 144th Avenues. Light Rail Links stressed that Surrey, the fastest-growing municipality in the region, is expected to grow 50 percent to 750,000 residents by 2041. Yet it has not had any significant transit infrastructure in almost 20 years.

RWA knows the importance of light rail and the benefits it brings to metropolitan areas. Our President, Randy Wright, played an integral part of bringing The Tide to the City of Norfolk. Business investment is 7 to 1 around light rail transit, meaning for every dollar you spend on light rail, businesses will invest seven. Business investment combined with traffic congestion relief options make light rail a viable option for most cities.

To learn more about how RWA can help bring light rail to your city, contact RWA today. 

Light Rail Canadaimage credit: Canadian Pacific on flickr

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