You can’t always believe what you read on the internet.
A blog titled SkyTrain for Surrey has been getting a lot of attention after claiming that plans for bus rapid transit to South Surrey and White Rock have been axed.
Blog’s claims untrue
Surrey’s Rapid Transit Manager Paul Lee says plans for a B-Line are still there.
He says it may be confusing for readers of the blog, because it uses a map of the city’s light rail plan — NOT the region’s rapid transit plan.
“The map that we’ve seen has been cropped, and the title of the map is missing so when people look at it with no context, they simply see those lines on the map.”
Lee says the map was just never intended to show all the other portions of the region’s transit plan, like the B-Line to South Surrey and White Rock.
When asked if the map, as presented in the blog, is misleading, Lee says “it would appear to be.”
The original map that was cropped, can be found here.
Blogger defends right to make claims
For his part, the blog’s creator, transit activist Daryl Dela Cruz says it’s not his job to double check the facts he publishes on his website.
“And the end of the day, we’re here as a voice for citizens to raise…”
“So, you don’t think it’s irresponsible of you to put out information that’s just not true without double checking your facts?”
“Well, we’re an advocacy group.”
The City of Surrey says the current plan for rapid transit in the area continues to include LRT and a B-Line, and has not changed since it was approved by the Mayor’s council in 2014.