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Province Reviewing Transit Options for Surrey and Langley

November 10, 2011

Surrey – The City of Surrey and City of Langley are commending Transportation Minister Blair Lekstrom for his forward-looking letter indicating the Province is examining transportation issues south of the Fraser River, and are confident that he will create an effective transit network for the region.

In the letter, Minister Lekstrom states, “We are examining the use of LRT as well as the potential for bus rapid transit and SkyTrain technology to provide frequent, fast and reliable service to communities south of the Fraser River.” He goes on to state that he is “committed to working with the City of Surrey and the communities south of the Fraser through this process.”

“We have been pushing for increased provincial spending on transit in our cities for quite some time, to level the funding inequity both cities are currently experiencing,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “This letter is both an acknowledgement of our issues and a sign that transportation in Surrey will be improving in the future,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We have been advocating for light rail transit because it’s an effective and efficient form of transportation. It will allow us to shape our communities and connect our town centres, while at the same time increasing economic development in our city.”

The City of Surrey is exploring three light rail transit routes:

  • 104th avenue, between 152nd & City Centre
  • City Centre to Newton, with an extension to South Surrey
  • Fraser Hwy, between City Centre & Langley

"This is a strong confirmation by the Minister of the need to develop a comprehensive plan for Surrey, Langley City and the entire South of Fraser Region,” said Langley City Mayor Peter Fassbender. "Both Mayor Watts, I and our Councils remain committed to working together to see LRT in our Communities."

The two cities are confident Minister Lekstrom will help develop a comprehensive, integrated, financially sustainable transportation network that meets the needs of seniors, students and families in the region.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584