Conservatives are practical people and will support ideas that are positive and constructive -- even when they're proposed by our political rivals
The leader of BC’s Conservatives, Trevor Bolin, has welcomed the announcement of a possible extension of the SkyTrain system from Surrey to Langley.
"While the costs will be substantial, probably about $4 billion, the benefits will be big too, especially easing pressure on highway commuters and increasing access by Fraser Valley residents to Vancouver's urban amenities", said Bolin.
The SkyTrain extension announcement was also welcomed by Langley Conservative candidate Shelly Jan who said the project when completed would be especially helpful to
Langley residents who travel throughout metro-Vancouver and the surrounding areas for work and play.
“People will be able to spend time relaxing, reading, or even working while on Skytrain, instead of fighting traffic congestion in their vehicle”, Jan stated.
Jan has concerns however that she feels must be addressed, concerns also being echoed by Ryan Warawa, who is running in neighbouring Langley East.
“There are still no plans to bring a line to Langley East, which is unacceptable to me. I support re-establishing the former BC Electric Railway Interurban line, which would connect Langley, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack to the rest of the TransLink transportation grid – including the expansion of Surrey to Langley.”
“Taxpayers in Langley East are currently paying 18.5 cents per litre of gasoline to TransLink, and a portion of that has paid for Vancouver's transportation system, including the following SkyTrain lines; Expo Line, Millennium Line, Canada Line, Evergreen Line -- and now the proposed Surrey-Langley line and Broadway Subway.
“While I agree with the proposed expansion, the citizens of Langley East deserve to be part of the discussion, and included in these expansion plans”, Warawa continued.
With BC’s Conservative running candidates in 19 constituencies, and conceivably emerging with a balance of power in the Legislature, the party will support good policies regardless of who might present them.
Said party leader Trevor Bolin; "One also could claim the SkyTrain extension will have environmental benefits, in that it will slightly reduce vehicle emissions, and it certainly will have economic benefits including adding high-quality jobs in the transit system, and creating work for the local construction industry in what otherwise might be a post-pandemic lull."
Meantime Aisha Rehana Bali, who is representing BC’s Conservatives in the riding of Surrey – Cloverdale remarked, “Extending Skytrain is something our residents have been looking forward to. Day by day traffic is increasing and far too many accidents are occurring.”
Aisha continued; “Students and workers who travel from Langley and Cloverdale are spending over 2 hours each way to commute to downtown. UBC students are having to spend more time either stuck in traffic, or in transit, than the actual time they’re spending in school itself.”
She then went on to say; "Conservatives are practical people who want improvements in our society, and economy. That’s means that unlike the Liberals, we can and do support ideas that are positive and constructive even when they're proposed by our political rivals.”
"We all want what's best for British Columbia right now," concluded Bolin.