Today, in what the Surrey Board of Trade thought was already committed, the BC Government announced they are contributing more than $2.4 billion to advance key transit and infrastructure priorities, including the Surrey-Langley Skytrain and electrification of the bus fleet, as part of its ongoing commitment to fund 40% of the Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision.
“This sounds like a repeat announcement,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “Knowing how construction projects develop in this region, we don’t think this Skytrain project will be in service until 2030.”
“Surrey also needs transportation innovations around and in Surrey. Skytrain is very expensive to build throughout Surrey. There are other progressive modes of transportation technology.”
Another innovative transportation corridor that must urgently be considered as part of Surrey and the South Fraser investments is the hydrogen passenger rail to the Fraser Valley. Given that the majority of the expected 1.3 million people that are moving to the Metro Vancouver Region by 2050 will live in Surrey and in the South Fraser economic region, investments in alternative innovative transportation mechanisms are needed. (https:// southfrasercommunityrail.ca)
“The investment announced today is positive but Surrey needs more transportation investments than this Skytrain line.”
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Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, email@example.com