SURREY â€” Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner has been named vice-chairwoman of the TransLink mayorâ€™s council.
â€œI think itâ€™s really important for Surrey,â€ she said. â€œWe have a lot of skin in this game. Thereâ€™s a lot at stake for Surrey in this.â€
She defeated Delta Mayor Lois Jackson for the job in a secret-ballot vote.
Hepner said Surrey will have a â€œbold and vocalâ€ voice at the councilâ€™s table. Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson was voted its chairman.
Hepner is campaigning for a â€œYesâ€ vote in the plebiscite calling for a new .05 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.
â€œThe benefit of this plan will keep out people moving,â€ she said. â€œWe need those upgrades.â€