SURREY, B.C. — Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is applauding the federal government for recent commitments to fund public transportation projects.
“As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, building new transit infrastructure is a massive priority for the city of Surrey,” said McCallum in a statement to media. “When it comes to new rapid transit, Surrey has been lagging behind for decades.”
Prime Minister Trudeau announced the government would contribute $14.9 billion to public transit projects over the next eight years.
“Despite the current malaise of the COVID pandemic, it will not last forever, and things will eventually return to normal,” said McCallum. “When that happens, people will once again turn to public transit to get them to and from work or play.”
McCallum explained the funding is good for both long and short term goals, as large infrastructure projects will create jobs. And when the project is complete, municipalities can reap the benefits of transit infrastructure, reduced traffic and fight carbon emissions.
Surrey has long planned to build out its SkyTrain transit system further east to Langley, which has already been promised by the province.
“Surrey’s new SkyTrain extension is shovel ready, will create well-paying jobs immediately, and will take more cars off the road with the built-in ridership from the growing cities of Surrey and the Langley,” said McCallum. “Let’s get moving on it.”