SURREY – Mayoral hopeful Linda Hepner says is she’s elected, residents will be "riding light rail here in Surrey in 2018."
"We chose light rail for a number of reasons, including lower costs and faster start up time. Now, it’s time to get to work, because keeping our city moving is a big priority for our Surrey First team," Hepner said.
She said it’s unacceptable Surrey residents pay roughly $144 million to TransLink each year, but the city has not seen expansion in rail rapid transit in two decades.
Hepner promises to have "phase one" of a Surrey LRT system up and running by 2018 and says, if necessary, she’ll commit land and put revenues from development along the route toward paying for the system.
The ground-level system, when complete, will have 27 kilometres of track with up to 20 stops. Phase one would include 10 kilometres of track connecting City Centre to Guildford along 104th Avenue in 10 minutes, and connecting City Centre to Newton via King George Boulevard in 15 minutes.
Hepner said the line will be within walking distance for some 20,000 residents.
The system would complement the city’s Traffic Management Centre, she added.