Why LRT for Surrey over Skytrain?

Surrey – Disadvantages of LRt over Skytrain: It is much slower than Skytrain, as LRt runs on the surface and has to stop at traffic lights.

It will increase congestion on the road. It will share roadway with other vehicles. thus it will make rush-hour traffic worse. It will slow traffic and waste time.

LRt stops won’t attract development as much as Skytrain stations do.

It will have fewer riders as compared with the Skytrain. thus the loss of revenue to the transLink would be worth billions of dollars in the next 100 years or so. the rapid-transit systems are good for more than 100 years – London’s tube and Paris’ Metro, for example.

Skytrain will make thousands of drivers get out of their cars, whereas the LRt won’t be able to do that. thus the Skytrain will help the environment by reducing the number of cars on the road.

Skytrain takes less travel time than LRt. the value of the time savings would run into billions of dollars over the life of the rapid-transit system.

Because Skytrain will generate more ticket-revenue and huge travel-time savings, Skytrain is much, much cheaper than LRt. In other words, LRt is much more expensive than the Skytrain.

I note that all other cities in the Lower Mainland – Vancouver, Richmond, burnaby, New Westminster, and Coquitlam – have made smart choices by choosing Skytrain as their cities’ rapid-transit system. even broadway-UbC line is being planned as a Skytrain line.

I don’t understand why Surrey is insisting on having LRt, instead of Skytrain.

Kuldip Pelia, Surrey

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