OUR VIEW: Surrey putting $2-million Band-Aid over top of city’s traffic problem

The City of Surrey and federal government will split a $2-million bill to set up a "Travel Time Information System" that aims to relieve traffic congestion in the city.

The system will use Bluetooth technology as a well as messaging signs along key truck routes in Surrey. Multiple routes are proposed for these detectors, which are designed to let motorists know what the least-congested routes are based on real-time traffic conditions.

Any bit helps as driving in this city can be a real headache at times. But this is by no means a cure to traffic congestion here.

It is a very expensive Band-Aid – a $2-million Band-Aid.

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The last Band-Aid project was the South Fraser Perimeter Road, which was supposed to remove big trucks from our residential streets once and for all.

That hasn’t happened, has it? Besides the trucks, it is rare these days to drive about in Surrey without creeping through construction or having to queue up behind a long line of fellow frustrated motorists.

At least the politicians and bureaucrats are trying to do something to alleviate congestion.

They need to be seen to be doing something, as this is a big problem and will continue to get worse as more people move here.

The "Travel Time Information System" might help, but it’s doubtful it will significantly diminish traffic congestion.

It’s a stopgap measure. There will still be plenty of "stop" in traffic, and not much "gap" between bumper and fender.

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