May­ors’ Coun­cil sup­ports City of Sur­rey’s re­quest to can­cel LRT and build SkyTrain

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” Sur­rey, BC – At its first meet­ing since the civic elec­tions last month, the May­ors’ Coun­cil on Re­gional Trans­porta­tion has en­dorsed the City of Sur­rey’s de­ci­sion to can­cel light rail and switch the tech­nol­ogy to SkyTrain. “Sur­rey has long been a full part­ner in build­ing rapid tran­sit trans­porta­tion for the rest of the re­gion and Sur­rey has been wait­ing a long time for its turn,” said Mayor Doug McCal­lum. “I com­mend the mem­bers of the May­ors’ Coun­cil who sup­ported the res­o­lu­tions for their fore­sight and recog­ni­tion that the res­i­dents of Sur­rey have said un­re­servedly that the best rapid tran­sit op­tion for our city is SkyTrain. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity to move for­ward and start build­ing.” On Novem­ber 5th, af­ter tak­ing the Oath of Of­fice, Sur­rey City Coun­cil con­vened a Reg­u­lar Coun­cil meet­ing where a mo­tion was in­tro­duced and passed unan­i­mously to can­cel the Sur­rey New­ton Guild­ford LRT project and to be­gin work on ex­tend­ing the ex­ist- ing SkyTrain net­work in Sur­rey from King George Sta­tion to Lan­g­ley City. The City’s En­gi­neer­ing and Trans­porta­tion staff have al­ready started work on the SkyTrain project in Sur­rey. “Just as Sur­rey City Coun­cil has moved quickly on the wishes of our res­i­dents, I want to thank the mem­bers of May­ors’ Coun­cil for deal­ing with this im­por­tant is­sue in such a timely man­ner,” said Mayor McCal­lum. “To­day’s de­ci­sion at May­ors’ Coun­cil fits well with the May­ors’ Coun­cil’s 10 Year Plan, which the City of Sur­rey fully sup­ports, as SkyTrain is a known and proven tech­nol­ogy and is the only rapid tran­sit tech­nol­ogy de­ployed in the en­tire Metro Van­cou- ver re­gion. ”The de­ci­sion made Nov 15 at the May­ors’ Coun­cil’s meet­ing is a sig­nif­i­cant step for­ward in re­al­iz­ing a new SkyTrain rapid tran­sit line in Sur­rey.

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