“They want to see something, and when you tell people it’s in year eight of a ten year program, and they aren’t going to see something up and running for thirteen years, because it takes five years to build it, they are just unsure.”
Thirteen years until residents in the City of Langley will see any direct benefit from paying a 0.5% sales tax hike if the ‘yes’ side wins the transit plebiscite.
That, according to the mayor, could be one reason it’s seen the lowest voter-turn out in all of Metro Vancouver.
Mayor Ted Schaffer says light rail rapid transit from Surrey to Langley, is in the ten year plan, but add on construction time, and it’s going to take awhile.
“It will decrease the commute times. At the end of the day, the people are just unsure, they may not be willing to wait thirteen years for something like that.”
Plus he says commuters aren’t fans of being hit with tolls on the Port Mann, Golden Ears, and soon, the Pattullo Bridge.
“People have told me if they are going to pay a toll themselves, it should be a toll metro-wide region, not just cherry picked corridors.”
Just 21.2 percent of registered voters in the City of Langley have returned their ballots to Elections BC.