Opponents of a potential SkyTrain project along the Broadway corridor and critics of the South Fraser Perimeter Road are both calling upon the public to attend meetings on these topics later this month.
On Saturday (January 16), the South Fraser Action Network will host a townhall meeting to educate the public about the proposed $1.1-billion South Fraser Perimeter Road.
The meeting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Sundance Banquet Hall (6574 Ladner Trunk Road). It's served by the C76 and C87 buses.
Speakers include Richmond councillor and farmland advocate Harold Steves, former TransLink planner and blogger Stephen Rees, transportation consultant Eric Doherty, and Alexandria Mitchell, a high-school student and delegate at the recent climate-change conference in Copenhagen.
The following Monday (January 18), TransLink is hosting a stakeholder meeting from 6 to 9 p.m. on a proposed rapid-transit line to UBC. It will take place at the Plaza 500 Hotel at 500 West 12th Avenue.
The group Businesses and Residents for Sustainable Transit Alternatives claims that the Broadway Corridor has already been selected with no public input.
BARSTA says it's not against transit, but prefers an affordable, low-impact, cost-effective, and community-accessible system rather than a SkyTrain-style project.
BARSTA favours a $360-million European-style, at-grade train, which would provide more stops along Broadway than a $2-billion subway.
"It is important that our community comes out in force and expresses our concerns in relation to Translink and above all the SKYTRAIN Technology option that Translink is pushing," BARSTA stated in a widely distributed e-mail. "Our community organization is very concerned on the lack of honest and open discussions between Translink's key decision makers, local politicians and provincial politicians."
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