The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association (DSBIA) is supporting the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition’s (BTTC) efforts to increase investment for improved transportation in Metro Vancouver.
Citing an April 2014 study on the transit needs of the rapidly growing population in the South Fraser region, the DSBIA recognizes the necessity of improved transit to support businesses in the region and the needs of the citizens of the City of Surrey.
“There is an urgent need for improved transportation across our entire region,” says Elizabeth Model, CEO of the DSBIA. “Surrey is the fastest growing urban centre in Canada and improved transit is a key to creating a vibrant city and community,” said. “Our Association is fully behind the efforts of the BTTC to improve transportation throughout Metro Vancouver and the quality of life for all its residents.”
The need for solutions to increasing congestion through transportation corridors has necessitated the need to improved transit. The BTTC, a group comprised of business, labour, environmental and community organizations, advocates that citizens vote “yes” in the upcoming mail-in ballot referendum in order help local economies, the environment, and overall quality of life in the region.
“Voting ‘Yes’ is the single biggest step we can take to improve the region’s health, economy and liveability while fighting climate change,” said James Stewart, Chair of the DSBIA. “It’s the most important decision our region will make for the next 20 years as we prepare to add 1 million more residents.”
Under the proposed plan, the committed investments to Surrey include three light rail transit lines to the city, as well as improved B-line fast bus service, upgrades to the Skytrain lines that service the region, improved cycling paths, road improvement projects, and a new Pattullo Bridge.