News1130 piece on Rail for the Valley

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Rail For The Valley made it onto News1130 Radio tonight. Here is the online article:

Light rail groups renew call to scrap SkyTrain expansion

Groups say light rail is a less expensive option

Bruce Claggett TRI-CITIES (NEWS1130) 2009-09-29 19:15
The two groups have called for light-rail in the past (Photo: Courtesy Rail for the Valley)

The two groups have called for light-rail in the past (Photo: Courtesy Rail for the Valley)

TRI-CITIES (NEWS1130) – Two community action groups are calling on senior governments to scrap plans for SkyTrain expansion and concentrate on at-grade light rail, which they say is a less expensive option.

The request comes from the community action groups ‘Rail for the Valley’ and the ‘Light Rail Committee’ who are calling for an at-grade light rail system for both Surrey and the Tri-Cities area. They say local mayors, like Surrey’s Dianne Watts, already understand the potential exists to rapidly expand the light rail network using a mixture of track-sharing.

The Light Rail Committee also says the proposed Evergreen expansion is not the wisest choice. The group says the Tri-Cities area would be better off with diesel-electric light rail vehicles, which is something the Committee proposed years ago.

http://www.news1130.com/news/local/more.jsp?content=20090929_220852_2196

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