Previous decision to approve LRT lacked public consultation, says Surrey Mayor

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Could all of the drama surrounding rapid transit expansion in the South of Fraser been avoided had more proper public consultation been conducted on modal technology options?

During an impassioned speech to TransLink’s Mayors’ Council on Thursday, prior to a vote that officially approved the cancellation on the Surrey Newton-Guildford (SNG) light rail transit (LRT) project and set the first steps forward on a possible SkyTrain extension on Fraser Highway to Langley Centre, Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum made strong assertions this was the very case. …

To surmise, McCallum’s decision to push for SkyTrain is ultimately a democratic one, based on the outcome of the Surrey civic election. This view was strongly seconded by Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, who countered arguments by Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie and North Vancouver City Mayor Linda Buchanan that the decisions by past elected representatives should be upheld. …

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