The first phase of the City of Surrey’s plans for LRT includes work between 140 and 144 Streets that is expected to begin Jan. 8. (City of Surrey graphic)

LETTERS: ‘R’ in LRT seems way out of place

Editor: I have been bothered for a while by the way our mayor is pushing through the LRT for Surrey

Editor:

I have been bothered for a while by the way our Surrey Mayor is pushing through the LRT for Surrey (City’s LRT plan on track, Dec. 22).

Am I in the minority? While there have been several items in the newspapers critical of the proposal, not much of a backlash has been generated.

Being retired, whether it goes or not, it will not materially affect me – but paying for it will definitely affect everyone else’s future taxes.

The first thing that struck me was the name LRT. The ‘R’ stands for rapid. That’s a laugh.

I read somewhere that the time saving over the present B Line bus between Newton and Guildford would be about six minutes. So how much per minute is this thing going to cost?

Regarding the volume of traffic going east/west, how much congestion is there going to be at 72nd, 88th, and 96th and King George? Chaos, I predict.

Also, where is all the traffic on King George going to go when actual construction starts?

There is no other four-lane north/south road from 72nd all the way to 104th between Scott Road and 152nd, and existing north/south roads are already close to capacity.

How can this possibly be a sane decision?

It is time the mayor and council were given their walking papers.

In the name of common sense, please, somebody do something.

David Woodward, Surrey

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