Hepner elected vice-chair of transit mayors’ council

SURREY – Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has been named vicechairwoman of the TransLink mayors’ council.

“I think it’s really important for Surrey,” she said. “We have a lot of skin in this game. There’s a lot at stake for Surrey in this.”

Hepner said Surrey will have a “bold and vocal” voice at the council’s table. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was voted its chairman.

Hepner defeated Delta Mayor Lois Jackson for the job in a secret ballot.

Hepner is campaigning for a “Yes” vote in the plebiscite calling for a new 0.5 per cent regional sales tax to fund $2.5 billion in transportation improvements over 10 years.

Hepner said the city needs light rail, expanded bus service, HandyDART service and an upgraded Pattullo Bridge to fight gridlock and other traffic congestion.

“The benefit of this plan will keep out people moving,” she said. “We need those upgrades.”