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New Poll shows 80% Support Building LRT Network in Surrey

LRT rendering in City Centre

February 15, 2016

Surrey, BC – As part of the City of Surrey’s ongoing outreach on rapid transit and technology, a new poll finds Surrey residents to be 80% in support of bringing Light Rail Transit (LRT) to the city. This is a key finding of the Ipsos Public Affairs telephone survey conducted on behalf of the City of 600 adult Surrey residents conducted January 25-29, 2016.

In addition to reporting overall support, a substantial majority of Surrey residents agreed that building the LRT network will bring numerous community benefits, including: improving transportation options for Surrey residents (90% agreed), helping connect communities within Surrey (88%), and helping create good jobs in Surrey through construction and ongoing maintenance (86%).

The City of Surrey’s planned 27-km of LRT is its top capital infrastructure priority. Currently the city has 20% of the regional population but has only 6 km (7.5%) of the regional rapid transit network. With 1,000 people moving to Surrey each month, it is projected that Surrey will be BC’s largest city by 2041.

The final Ipsos Public Affairs survey data is statistically weighted to ensure the sample's overall region, age and gender composition reflects that of the actual City of Surrey population according to Census data. The overall margin of error is 4.0%, 19 times out of 20.     

For a full report of survey findings, visit http://ipsos-na.com/news-polls/pressrelease.aspx?id=7139.

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For more information:

Oliver Lum
Communications Manager
Office of the Mayor
City of Surrey                                                          
604.591.4519
OWLum@surrey.ca


Kyle Braid
Vice-President
Ipsos Public Affairs
778.373.5130

Ipsos Public Affairs Telephone Survey Summary

Background and Methodology

On behalf of the City of Surrey, Ipsos Public Affairs conducted a telephone survey of adult Surrey residents between January 25-29, 2016. The data was statistically weighted to ensure the survey’s geographical, age and gender composition reflects that of the City of Surrey population.  The overall margin of error is 4.0%, 19 times out of 20.

Survey Findings

  • Familiarity with Surrey LRT: Nearly six-in-ten Surrey residents (58%) say they are either very familiar or somewhat familiar with the plans for LRT in Surrey.
  • Support for Surrey LRT: There is substantial support for building the planned 27-km LRT network in Surrey. Eight-in-ten residents (80%) say they strongly support or somewhat support LRT. Fewer than two-in ten residents (17%) are strongly opposed or somewhat opposed to LRT.
  • Likelihood of Using Surrey LRT: Slightly more than six-in-ten residents (62%) say it is either very likely or somewhat likely that they will use the new LRT network once it is completed.

Top-of-Mind Benefits: Residents rate increased convenience (41% mentioned) and reduced traffic congestion (39%) as the main benefits of LRT. The next most frequently mentioned benefits include improved accessibility/connectivity (12%) and reduced pollution/greenhouse gases (8%).

Top-of-Mind Questions/Concerns: Cost/funding (41% mentioned) was the top question/concern about building LRT. Far less frequently mentioned questions/concerns include impacts on traffic flow/congestion (12%) and project completion/construction timelines (8%).

Agreement with Statements About Surrey LRT: A substantial majority of Surrey residents agreed that building the planned LRT network will help bring about the following community benefits.

  • LRT will help improve transportation options for Surrey residents (90% agreed)
  • LRT will help connect communities within Surrey (88%)
  • LRT will help create good jobs in Surrey through construction and ongoing maintenance (86%)
  • LRT will help meet the transportation demands of a fast-growing Surrey (85%)
  • LRT will help to reduce Surrey's greenhouse gas emissions (81%)
  • LRT will help improve the quality of life in Surrey (79%)