Surrey Votes Yes Campaign Kickoff
February 11, 2015
Surrey, BC – Mayor Linda Hepner and City Council officially launched the “Surrey Votes Yes” Campaign earlier today at City Hall.
A diverse group of business, environment, labour, student, and health organizations were on hand to support the campaign kickoff. The cross section of groups is an indication of just how crucial the upcoming referendum on Transit and Transportation is for Surrey and for communities south of the Fraser.
“What we have here today is a consensus of common sense among a diverse group of organizations,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “With one million more people forecasted to move to the region, and with most of them settling in Surrey, a Yes vote is the difference between keeping people, goods and our economy moving or congestion and gridlock.”
The Mayors’ Council plan includes many benefits within Surrey including 2 new LRT lines in Surrey and the Langleys, 3 new B-Line Rapid Bus corridors in Surrey; new safer Pattullo Bridge; expansion to the Expo Line; and significant new and expanded bus service, including increased NightBus and HandyDart service, throughout the community.
“A Yes vote is critical to the City’s future as it will bring much needed investments in our roads, bridges and buses and brand new light rail transit lines to Surrey,” says Cllr Tom Gill, Chair of the City’s Transportation and Investment Committee. “It’s our turn for better access to transit and better roads.”
Today’s Surrey Votes Yes launch included representation from a number of organizations such as the Surrey Board of Trade, the Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association, the Kwantlen Student Association, the South Asian Business Association of BC, Unifor – Canada’s largest private sector union, and the David Suzuki Foundation.
Other highlights of the Mayors’ Council plan include:
· Expanding existing transit services so that 56% of residents and 72% of jobs in Surrey will be within walking distance of all-day frequent transit; compared to 27% and 44% today, respectively.
· Drivers on some of Surrey’s busiest regional routes will save 15 to 20 minutes each day to spend with family.
o Steveston to North Surrey – 20 minutes faster
o Surrey Centre to Vancouver – 15 minutes faster
· People who take transit will also save time every day:
o Between Surrey Centre and North Shore – 20 minutes faster
o Between Surrey Centre and Coquitlam Centre - 30 minute faster
o Between Metrotown and Guildford – 20 minutes faster
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