A member of an international public transit group says TransLink’s light rail plans are a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Light Rail Transit Association member Malcolm Johnston says the new plans do not fix congestion in Metro Vancouver.
“I avoid it. I mean congestion is endemic. The Canada Line is useless for them, because it doesn’t serve anywhere. You need to drive to get where you want to go. And this is the problem. Government just refuses to admit that they’ve made mistakes for the past 30 years, and they just won’t change.”
As announced Tuesday morning, Surrey will see light rail lines; phase one would run from 72nd Ave. and King George through Surrey Central, before bending east on 104th Ave. to 152nd Ave. in Guilford.
A future phase two would run southeast along Fraser Highway to Langley.
In addition, a proposed subway phase one would extend from VCC station west to Arbutus and Broadway, while a future phase two is said to extend to UBC, but those details are still in the works.
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Johnston says there has not been enough criticism of TransLink’s plans.
“We need to get a network of transit where people can actually – it takes you from where you live to where you want to go.”
Johnston believes for the same amount TransLink is spending on LRT plan, there could be a BCIT to UBC light rail line, a tram train from Vancouver to Chilliwack and a new Pattullo Bridge combined with a SkyBridge.
Consultations for TransLink’s LRT plans on Broadway and in Surrey start next week.