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Half Of Surrey’s Mayoral Candidates Are Against The Light Rail Transit System

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Surrey citizens have been very vocal on whether or not they support the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

As it turns out, on the heels of the 2018 Surrey Election—mayoral candidates are just as divided on the issue.

Half of those running for mayor have vocalized their distaste for the project, which include Bruce Hayne (Integrity Now), Doug McCallum (Safe Surrey Coalition), Rajesh Jayaprakash (People First Surrey) and Imtiaz Popat (Progressive Sustainable Surrey).

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Bruce Hayne wants to put a halt on the first phase of the project and explore other options. Doug McCallum believes we should build another SkyTrain going down Fraser Highway to Langley instead.

Rajesh Jayaprakash is against the LRT because he believes it is too dangerous and will bring more congestion to the area. Lastly, Imtiaz Popat is opposed to both the LRT and additional SkyTrain routes.

While Tom Gill (Surrey First) believes Surrey should go ahead with the project as it would be too costly to delay it now.

The $1.65-billion LRT system plans to connect Surrey Central to Newton and Guildford. It would include 10-kms of train tracks with 11 stops.

It’s been a long time coming and if the LRT plans do come to fruition, it would take about four years to complete.


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