Re: “Light rail system needed now,” Letters, July 14.
As far I see it, regardless of property-tax-increase complaints, it would be in great error for mayors to manipulate TransLink into further delaying or, in greater error, to altogether cancel the construction of the Evergreen Line SkyTrain route.
It’s acknowledged by most SkyTrain utilizers that not only is SkyTrain the safest mode of public transit, but it’s also still the most efficient and ecologically greenest – thus, SkyTrain extension funding must be a priority.
Perhaps clean-energy funding should go towards extending SkyTrain to wherever the potential utilization of its services warrants.
Furthermore, because it runs above and below the ground, SkyTrain, unlike non-automated light rail (LRT), does not hinder regular, fossil-fuel-powered vehicular movement, thus eliminating stop-and-go traffic and its negative polluting effects.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.