If TransLink isn’t providing enough space at the South Surrey Park and Ride, the city should be, writes Geoff Dean.

If TransLink isn’t providing enough space at the South Surrey Park and Ride, the city should be, writes Geoff Dean.

Make room for bus riders’ vehicles

Editor:

Re: Poorly parked bus passengers on hook, June 19.

Editor:

Re: Poorly parked bus passengers on hook, June 19.

Resident Rick Cauley had it exactly right when he said, “There should be more parking (at transit exchanges) so people don’t have to park illegally. If everyone wants to go green, they (TransLink and the City of Surrey) should make it easier.”

I live and work in Surrey, and I wish transit here was adequate. It’s not just the infrequent service and poor connections. As this front-page article shows, parking near Surrey’s major transit stops is inadequate and unsafe.

And we need bike parking, too, not just car parking.

Please, let’s have multi-storey parking garages for transit users in South Surrey – at 152 Street and 19 Avenue, as well as next to Highway 99 on the King George – in Whalley, in Guildford and in Fleetwood, too.

Build an even bigger parking garage near Highway 1 and 160 Street for people who commute from Langley and points east, so they could park there and then get onto transit.

If TransLink isn’t doing it, the city should be.

Next time you drive to Seattle or visit Portland or the San Francisco Bay Area, check out the parking that’s available at their transit exchanges.

Why are we still thinking it’s the 1950s in this province?

Geoff Dean, Surrey

 

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