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Polls show Vancouverites support major transit upgrades

JOC News Service
Polls show Vancouverites support major transit upgrades

VANCOUVER — Most Metro Vancouver residents support major transportation infrastructure upgrades, new data shows.

According to Research Co., a polling research company founded by research specialist Mario Canseco, two thirds (68 per cent) stated they agree with the building of the proposed Surrey–Newton–Guildford light rail transit (LRT) project in Surrey.

In Surrey, 62 per cent of residents are in favour of the proposed LRT project, while 34 per cent oppose it.

Four-in-five Metro Vancouver residents (82 per cent) support the extension of the SkyTrain Millennium Line underneath Broadway to Arbutus in Vancouver, including 81 per cent of those who live in the city limits of Vancouver.

Additionally, 87 oer cent of Metro Vancouverites support extending the Millennium Line beyond Arbutus to the University of British Columbia campus at Point Grey.

“Most residents of Metro Vancouver are keen to see these transportation projects through,” said Canseco, president of Research Co, in a statement. “Support is similarly high among those who drive, take public transit or bike to school or work.”

Results of the poll were based on an online study conducted from Oct. 4 to 7 among 635 adults in Metro Vancouver. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Metro Vancouver.

The poll comes on the heels of highly anticipated elections where transit and infrastructure were major issues.

Vancouver Mayor-elect Kennedy Stewart has stated he supports the transit upgrades but has warned the region needs to present a clear, unified vision of transportation or it will miss out on federal funding.

Doug McCallum, Mayor-elect of Surrey, wants to extend the elevated rapid transit SkyTrain through his city, rather than the planned light rail lines that would be cheaper and at road level.

However, this goes against the 10-year-plan mayors in the region previously agreed-upon.

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