Originally Posted by memememe76
Skytrain *and* LRT. Hey, as a Surrey resident, I'm all for it but that seems like a lot for Surrey. I always found it interesting that all the major famous neighbourhoods in Vancouver aren't right beside a Skytrain Station (except Yaletown and maybe Coal Harbour--and Yaletown was after the fact).
I just would like better bus service. The 320 should be a lot more frequent than it is.
Why not? Burnaby has 2 skytrain lines going through it and 5 times the stations and is less than half the population of Surrey. Nothing against you but this thinking is exactly why we are so far behind in overall infrastructure. The trick is to build BEFORE you need it not years after it is needed constantly playing an expensive game of catch up. SFPR with intersections? in 5 years they will need to be interchanges and the cost then to build them will be 5 times easy the cost to do them now. Who will pay for that? Every tax payer.
So why should we build the infrastructure now not when it is needed or 5 years after it is needed?
Simple. Cost. If you build Skytrain today it may cost 1.5-2 billion dollars. Most people will go "WOW that's crazy you don't need it completely today." but in 15 years it will be required. If we build it then it will cost with inflation alone around 3 billion. Same project, nothing changes, except the year. That's 1 billion extra just for waiting.
Now yes other factors go into it like "is it a good time" and all that jazz but just like most things in life that are difficult to make a decision on, the perfect time to do them never actually happens if you wait around.
I always go back to the Alex Fraser bridge. Back when it was constructed, most people thought it was a huge waste of money and that "the money would be better spent on things like education and health care." I am not kidding, the phrasing was that. So see things never change? In 15 years people will think money should be spent on education and heathcare. In 200 years it will probably be the same thing.
Well we can't spend everything on education and healthcare there are a lot of other things required for a society to function. And could you imagine the lower mainland today without the Alex Fraser bridge or East-West connector? Could you imagine the region without Expo line even?
What may not be 100% justified today in 10-15 years will be required. Why not do it sooner than later and encourage more sustainable growth over the next 10-15 years in Surrey is my opinion.