Rail readily beats SkyTrain

Rail readily beats SkyTrain

By John Buker, Langley Advance October 8, 2010

Dear Editor,

Premier Gordon Campbell announced a SkyTrain line to Langley, and rapid buses from Langley to Chilliwack, with no timeline for implementation and no funding arrangements.

Has the provincial government not yet read the independent 84-page Interurban study by Leewood Projects?

The report concludes that a modern, frequent light rail service for the entire Fraser Valley to Chilliwack is achievable in the near-term, for an initial $500 million investment – a far better investment than SkyTrain and rapid buses.

SkyTrain costs more than $100 million per kilometre to build, compared to $5 million/km for an Interurban light rail service.

John Buker, Rail For The Valley

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