Surrey Civic Coalition promises to fight for better transit service
As voting day nears, the Surrey Civic Coalition is pledging to push for expanded transit service in the fast-growing city.
“Surrey is a have-not city when it comes to transit,” SCC council candidate Stephanie Ryan told the Straight by phone. “We’ve paid into TransLink for so many years and gotten a fraction of the service hours that communities north of the Fraser have gotten.”
“Just a lack of access to transit is a huge issue,” she said.
Ryan said top priorities for the SCC include the need for more buses on Fraser Highway.
“The buses along that route are always jam-packed and there’s lots of pass-ups there so there’s a huge demand there. And there’s growth continuing along Fraser Highway into Cloverdale and East Clayton and Langley,” she said.
Ryan also highlighted the need for bus rapid transit along the central King George Blvd. route to speed up travel time. She also emphasized the SCC’s continued support for creating light rail rapid transit as a less-expensive alternative to SkyTrain expansion.
“We want to advocate much more aggressively for an immediate expansion of transit service south of the Fraser,” she said.
The Surrey Civic Coalition is fielding eight candidates for council including its only current council member, Bob Bose. The electoral group is not running a mayoral candidate.
Another key transit issue for the SCC council hopefuls is vehicle tolls on North Surrey bridges.
“SCC councillors would lobby the provincial government to review its tolling policy because right now we’re being unfairly punished in Surrey compared to every other community in the entire province,” Ryan said.
On cycling, Ryan said the city is working hard to link together its network of bike-friendly greenway paths. But she said she would like to see more “grade-separated” bike routes incorporated into future road construction projects.