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Surrey Board of Trade Says Transit Strike Will Pose Economic Risks

The Surrey Board of Trade expresses profound concern regarding the looming threat of a strike by the union representing approximately 180 transit supervisors that would shut down bus and SeaBus services, which will disrupt the lives of our business community and their workforce, who heavily rely on transit services each day.

“The Surrey Board of Trade calls for a swift resolution to this job action which could compromise workers, businesses, and our economy,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “In the absence of robust transportation networks facilitating the seamless commute of our workforce to their places of employment, the efficacy of economic productivity experiences a decline. If a strike should occur, the BC Government needs to step in to ensure swift resolution and to ensure that TransLink services are prioritized as critical services that need to continue so that our economy isn’t halted.”

“Notably, there has been a substantial surge in transit ridership within Surrey, particularly amidst the rapid expansion of our city’s population. It is noteworthy that Surrey presently hosts four of TransLink’s five most congested bus routes.”

The Surrey Board of Trade offers some advice on transportation alternatives when bus services are compromised:

1. Carpool – set up a company carpool program where you can ride with coworkers.
2. Car Sharing – use car sharing services such as Evo, Zipcar, and Modo.
3. Ridesharing – take an Uber or Lyft.
4. Biking – plan your route and take advantage of bike share programs.
5. Stay informed through the TransLink website.

For employers, flexibility and creativity are required for work schedules and employee arrival times by:

1. Being flexible with an employee’s start time;
2. Opening your business later;
3. Being proactive in finding transportation solutions for your employees; and,
4. Allowing employees to work remotely.

The Surrey Board of Trade wants a stable regional transit system.

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Anita Huberman, 604-634-0342, anita@businessinsurrey.com