SkyTrain for Surrey
SkyTrain for Surrey was established because the decisions that were made two years ago have to change. The money invested into Surrey’s rapid transit system has to be spent on the most competitive, cost-effective and expandable solution for Surrey’s citizens – because that is what they need. The City has to be prudent and plan for an option that looks forward to this city’s transit needs in 30-50 years.
Started 2 petitions
Change the proposed Surrey LRT to SkyTrain
Help us tell the City of Surrey to choose SkyTrain + BRT over LRT and put transportation first! Surrey hasn't received its fair share for transit expansion. However, the city wants to build a second-rate transit system. The proposed at-grade LRT in Surrey creates more problems than it solves. It is slower than SkyTrain, and barely faster than bus; it won't bring the improvements that transit riders and commuters need and deserve. With only 1 minute improvements over the current 96 B-line, it's not worth it to build a LRT line while congesting communities by taking away traffic lanes. And with direct bus routes being cut off and forcing transfers, lots of people will see their commute times increase, not improve. When we brought these issues to the city, they refused to listen. If an LRT is built in Surrey, taxpayers will be on the hook for $22 million in operating deficits each and every year - and there's been no discussion on how to pay for it. In place of LRT, we're advocating for an expansion of SkyTrain and Bus Rapid Transit. SkyTrain will provide the travel time advantage needed to get the growing number of people driving cars onto public transit. SkyTrain is the system with best record for attracting and increasing transit ridership in Canada and the US. With significantly increased ridership and lower operating costs, a SkyTrain expansion would practically pay for itself. A Bus Rapid Transit system, featuring modern rapid buses in dedicated lanes, would reduce transfers and create a more seamless transit system in the city. Our plan has been studied as part of TransLink and IBI group's joint Surrey Rapid Transit study and would offer riders twice the travel time savings for the same capital cost, with lower ongoing operating costs. However, the city continues to ignore our plan and our concerns. What's wrong with LRT: CLICK HERE // Our Vision: CLICK HERE
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!