The questions and comments from sticky notes filled out by the public at the Langley City Master Transportation Plan open house Jan. 23 are being collated and assessed.
Ryan Doherty attended the open house. He commutes from Langley to Vancouver every day, and says SkyTrain or some other rapid transit line would be welcome.
Like many, he says he works in Vancouver but can't afford to live there.
One of Langley City's main streets was also on his mind.
"Fraser Highway, it's been neglected," Doherty said.
Consultant Stephanie McNeely of Urban Systems said she had heard a lot of questions about pedestrian safety, east-west connectivity, and a number of questions about walking trails. The open house is the start of a process to amend the Master Transportation Plan which is intended to provide a road map for transportation for the next 25 years.
Truck traffic through Langley City was an issue for Sandy and Kirby Hanawalt.
The expanding industrial area on the border of South Surrey and Fernridge is sending a lot of vehicles up roads like 192nd Street and 200th Street.
Issues along the Langley-Surrey border are a concern for the couple.
"We're really concerned about safety on 192nd and Colebrook Road, but that's a Surrey issue," noted Kirby.
Worries about the traffic effect of a series of road and rail overpasses on western Langley City concern the Hanawalts and Rhys Griffiths.
Griffiths wonders how traffic coming into Langley City from 192nd Street will move through the new pattern.
Construction taking place at 196th Street and 192nd Street is part of the Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Project that aims to ease traffic congestion where rail and road meet in the Lower Mainland. The Mufford Crescent Overpass is part of the same project.
The poster boards set up by the City each addressed a different issue, from walkability and sidewalks, to cycling, to public transit.
The City's Master Transportation Plan was adopted in 2004 and undergoes regular updating.
The new MTP is intended to address the following questions:
Where are we now (existing conditions)?
Where do we want to be (goals and objectives)?
How do we get there (preferred solutions and phasing)?
What steps are needed (strategies for each mode)?
Visitors were urged to write down suggestions or concerns on Post-It notes and attach them to a portion of the boards.
Worries about a lack of buses, about trains and overpasses, and about connections between the City and its neighbours were common.
More information about City transportation issues can be found at www.city.langley.bc.ca, where the public can also provide feedback.
Another public open house is planned for spring, and will feature input gathered from this first one.