The City of Surrey recently commissioned Ipsos to conduct a poll to find out what people in that community think about light rail.
|Proposed South of Fraser light rail network. Select map to enlarge. Source: City of Surrey|
The poll found that 80% of Surrey residents support building light rail in the South of Fraser. When asked what the biggest benefits of building light rail in Surrey are, the poll respondents said that it would increase the convenience and efficiency of getting around, reduce traffic congestion, and improve accessibility.
|Level of support for light rail from Surrey residents. Select table to enlarge. Source: LRT Telephone Survey Final Report|
Building and improving public transit service has always been popular in Metro Vancouver; this poll isn’t too surprising. The problem with public transit in our region is that no one seems to want to pay for it. When Ipsos asked the poll participant what their top concerns were around building light rail, 41% cited cost/funding.
|Top-of-mind concerns about building a light rail network in the South of Fraser. Select table to enlarge. Source: LRT Telephone Survey Final Report|
The federal government has said that it supports Surrey’s light rail plans, and will be increasing the share of money it contributes to each public transit project that it funds. The federal government is willing to pay a greater share of the cost of building light rail in the South of Fraser, and the vast majority of Surrey residents want light rail. Will the province come to the table, and break the funding deadlock around transit in Metro Vancouver?