Light rail not right for Surrey or Vancouver

Spending more money on better infrastructure is usually synonymous with earning more benefits to offset the cost.

The arguing of which transit technologies to use for Broadway and Surrey rapid transit has to stop.

The City of Vancouver is right in its touting that the option for Broadway rapid transit extension should be SkyTrain, and that there should be no contest. The City of Surrey should listen to Vancouver.

I find it remarkable how blind some Light Rapid Transit advocates can be. When it comes to discussing high-cost transit projects, a lot of people seem to be placing emphasis on capital costs exclusively.

What most of these advocates don’t seem to understand is that there are greater economic and productivity benefits from a faster and far more reliable service.

Spending more money on better infrastructure is usually synonymous with earning more benefits to offset the cost, and going by that metric, building LRT will cost us billions and billions more than building SkyTrain.

 

Daryl Dela Cruz

skytrainforsurrey.org

Surrey North Delta Leader

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