This is the second in a series of pre-election “Questions for Candidates” — for mayor and council candidates in the City of Surrey, Township of Langley and City of Langley:
For the portion of the Surrey-Langley rapid transit line running along Fraser Highway, do you believe LRT or Skytrain technology is best, and why?
A bit of context follows.
Phase Two of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision calls for 27 kilometres of rapid transit south of the Fraser River.
While TransLink provided planning, advice, and forecasts on population, employment and transit ridership growth, the Mayors Council itself is making technology decisions.
Light rail technology (LRT) has been selected for Surrey-Newton-Guildford, as the mayors decided the additional capacity of SkyTrain technology was not warranted; a final decision has apparently not yet been made for the subsequent Fraser Highway extension from Surrey into Langley.
There has been a surprising amount of public debate to which technology is best suited to the region overall, and so we want to hear how mayor and council candidates in Surrey and Langley might choose to inform the discussion, and decision.
As with all questions past and future, we will use Twitter, websites and email to get the question out to candidates. Thanks to Cambie Report for maintaining this handy Metro Vancouver 2018 elections candidate spreadsheet.