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January 24, 2013

Surrey – The City of Surrey is joining municipalities across Canada in the #CutMyCommute campaign to push for new funding for transportation projects in order to reduce traffic gridlock, which is costing the Canadian economy more than $10 billion a year.

“Metro Vancouver is the second most congested city in North America and that has significant economic, social, environmental and livability consequences,” says Mayor Dianne Watts.

“We need long-term, predictable transportation and transit funding so we can plan for growth more effectively, and ensure that we move people and goods more efficiently.” She adds, that 70 per cent of growth in the region will take place South of the Fraser and Surrey’s population is expected to increase by another 50 per cent by 2040.

The City is advocating for a new light rail rapid transit system which would help shape communities, as well as connect the city and create new economic activity.

In addition, the City has implemented a number of initiatives designed to encourage people to choose alternative modes of transportation, including:

  • Bike To Work Week: one week in the Spring and one week in the Fall
  • Commuter Challenge: one week in June; participants commute in any way except in a single-occupant vehicle
  • Ride-Share Week: one week in October to promote the advantages of carpooling
  • City Hall carpooling and employee transit pass program
  • Electric vehicle charging station at City Hall
  • Promoting school programs such as bicycle training, School Travel Planning program, Cool Routes to School program, and the annual Back to School commuting contest

The #CutMyCommute campaign is being led by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). Canadians are being encouraged to join the challenge and let all governments know how transportation upgrades would improve their lives.

“To keep our economy moving we need to keep Canadians moving by investing in safe, fast and reliable transportation systems,” said FCM president Karen Leibovici. “Today we’re asking Canadians to tell their story and let all governments know what concrete transportation improvements would mean to their families, businesses, and day-to-day lives.”

For more information and/or to join the challenge, please visit: www.fcmchallenge.ca.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584