Letter: SkyTrain to Langley better option

Dear Editor,

I simply don’t understand why the City of Surrey is insisting on LRT instead of SkyTrain extension to Langley and Newton. 

LRT will increase congestion on already congested streets. 

SkyTrain will encourage thousands of drivers to leave their cars. That will increase fare revenue for the TransLink.

SkyTrain saves travel time. 

The value of time-savings and additional revenue is worth billions of dollars as the rapid transit systems last for a long time. 

Thus SkyTrain system is much cheaper than LRT. 

The Paris and London underground systems are about 150 years old. Even Toronto’s is about 50 years old. 

By reducing the number of cars on the road, the SkyTrain will also help the environment.

All other cities in Metro have SkyTrain systems. 

Even the Broadway-UBC link is being proposed as a SkyTrain or Subway line.

Why does the Surrey mayor wants to build LRT for the citizens of Surrey? What is the logic behind this? 

The residents of Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam have SkyTrain lines. 

Why should the citizens of Surrey have LRT, which is much less efficient system than the SkyTrain?

I urge people of Surrey and Langley to pay attention to this important matter and write to the mayor of Surrey.

Prof. Kuldip Pelia, Surrey

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