SFU calls on Surrey residents for public transit input

SURREY — Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus will host a public conversation on the region’s transit system during an open house meeting on Thursday, Mar. 6th.

All are welcome to join the discussion on Surrey’s transit needs and the upcoming referendum. It starts at 5:45 p.m., in room 3270.

“Transportation is an issue that is top of mind for this region, and the goal of City Conversations is to encourage public participation,” program director Michael Alexander said.

He added that City Conversations “gives everyone a chance to share their opinions and add to the discussion.”

SFU’s City Program director Gordon Price will be a featured presenter. For more than two decades, Price has studied regional transportation issues. He has also worked with the City of Surrey in developing its annual Transportation Lecture Program, which allows citizens, professionals and stakeholders the opportunity to learn about issues with transportation and to engage with those managing transport in the region.

With the transit referendum less than 10 months away, questions raised during this open conversation will highlight the city of Surrey’s plan for added transit facilities, the proposed light rail system and how the proposed developments would affect residents.

The referendum will be held in November 2014 by the B.C. Liberal government. It will outline whether TransLink money is potentially spent on rapid transit for Surrey or on a UBC SkyTrain line in Vancouver. The vote will run at the same time as this year’s municipal elections.