SkyTrain for Surrey

2,057 supporters

SkyTrain for Surrey is calling on decision-makers to build a 16km extension of the Expo Line. The extension would stretch from the terminus at King George Station to Langley Centre Station. Rapid transit studies for Surrey have consistently found SkyTrain to be the superior option. TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation, in cooperation with the City of Surrey and other partners, released the Surrey Rapid Transit Study Phase II alternatives analysis in 2012, in which one alternative considered an extension of the Expo Line and a BRT on the L-Line corridor. This alternative had the same capital cost as the current Surrey Light Rail Transit proposal, and also offered a superior business case, higher travel time savings and lower long-term operating debts.

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Petitioning Mayor, Linda Hepner, TransLink Minister, Peter Fassbender, Councillor Tom Gill, Councillor Bruce Hayne, Councillor Vera LeFranc, Councillor Mary Martin, Councillor Mike Starchuk, Councillor Barbara...

Change the proposed Surrey LRT to SkyTrain

In 2012, TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation released the Surrey Rapid Transit Study analysis, which looked at 14 alternatives for building rapid transit South-of-the-Fraser. The best of these alternatives was "RRT1A", which combined a SkyTrain extension to Langley with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to White Rock, Newton and Guildford. RRT1A served all of the proposed transit corridors, met all capacity requirements, and had the most transportation benefits of any alternative. Instead, Surrey has decided to pursue a street-level Light Rail (LRT) system - even though it was not considered the best alternative. The study actually found that building an LRT would result in a net loss to society, rather than a net benefit. The LRT alternative did not have a positive benefit-cost ratio, and would not cost less to build than the RRT 1A alternative - instead costing more to operate in the long term. A street-level LRT is not the system that will serve Surrey best in the future. With its total costs now topping $2.6 billion, it will be the most expensive mistake in our region's history. SkyTrain for Surrey's campaign vision is to see an Expo Line: Langley Extension on Fraser Highway and a Bus Rapid Transit system on King George Blvd & 104 Ave, instead of a street-level LRT. Passengers boarding an extended Expo Line at Langley Centre Station would reach Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver in less than 60 minutes. Why we oppose LRT: CLICK HERE // Our Vision: CLICK HERE

SkyTrain for Surrey
1,913 supporters
Victory
Petitioning TransLink

Translink: Restore weekend SkyTrain service to 3 minutes

NEW: Help us spread the word by handing out these flyers or putting them up as posters! Ready-to-print PDF: [LINK HERE] In the wake of growing transit ridership and growing transit need, a frequency reduction in the service that serves as the backbone of the entire Metro Vancouver transit system would be an irresponsible choice given the minimal savings and potentially large impact on ridership, ride quality and servicing ability. Waits between trains on the SkyTrain Expo Line in Surrey and Millennium Line will increase from 6 to 8 during the weekends and potentially off-peak weekday periods  as well, and from 8 to 10 during the late night. This is a big difference that will impact riders' abilities to catch connecting buses at SkyTrain stations - particularly in the late night hours - and get to their appointments on time. With the savings so small (as low as 0.5% of the total annual savings proposed in a plan), why bother with such an impacting reduction of service? TransLink should recognize the operational cost advantage of the SkyTrain and its technologies and commit to the SkyTrain off-peak frequencies that have been in place since 2002. Failing to do so may result in severe system-wide consequences in terms of transit ridership, mode-share and acceptability. The consequences may effectively offset the savings. “Reducing the frequency of mid-day skytrain is silly. That’s when I do most of my riding and the trains are usually at least 3/4 full. Reducing the number of trains is going to make it feel like rush hour all day long.” -Sheba on The Buzzer blog Consequences - The minimal cost savings could be offset by a ridership decrease as a result of the less attractive service.- Passengers connecting to less frequent suburban busses may experience difficulty planning and meeting their transfers, leaving them with much longer waits at bus stops.- Businesses who depend on customers and patrons arriving by SkyTrain may lose money- Surrey customers will be restrained from a more competitive and affordable alternate transit option across the river in the wake of the opening of the tolled Port Mann Bridge this December- More crowded trains in addition to longer waits – less comfortable riding Solutions 1. The goal: TransLink commits to no SkyTrain service cuts2. TransLink can opt to recoup the minimal savings through other means (the frequency reductions in the 2013 base plan make up less than 1% of the total proposed savings)3. An agreement is reached between TransLink and the municipality or the province for the allowance of funding to keep the SkyTrain system’s off-peak frequencies at bay Please see the campaign page at skytrainforsurrey.org/wewant6/ for more information!

SkyTrain for Surrey
144 supporters