Regarding Light rail fast as Skytrain [Feb. 18 Letters, Langley Advance]:
I read this letter and say that the writer is missing the bigger picture here.
That being the real problem with LRT is that it will cause more road congestion with vehicles on the road, since it will have priority signalling, which will have every road crossing stop traffic every four minutes to allow the LRT through, and that is up and above the regular cycling of the lights.
This will cause big delays for emergency vehicles from getting to where they need to go, because they will have to stop for the LRT’s priority signalling.
This would never happen with Skytrain,
It is an above ground system so it does not interfere with the exciting road system, not delaying any traffic.
So I ask all you commuters out there: do you want to have to sit at a LRT crossing every four minutes or more?
Or, would you like to drive under the SkyTrain system and not stop when the SkyTrain comes through the intersection?
The time travel for LRT from Langley to Surrey is 35 to 40 minutes, as long as there are no accidents on the route.
The LRT has a greater then 50 per cent chance of being in an accident every day, which would shut down the LRT for hours at a time.
You wouldn’t have this problem with SkyTrain.
Contact your mayor and TransLink and let them know you do not want to sit in traffic any more then you already do now.
I hope this helps people see the difference between LRT and SkyTrain, and not how many of what was built by other cities.
Alex Hannig, Langley City