OUR VIEWS: Transit first for Langley?

Reporter Matthew Claxton suggests transit be incorporated before, not after, new areas developed

TransLink is expected to announce new bus routes that will affect Langley in its next quarterly update, coming in September.

Most likely we’ll be getting some extra buses connecting Langley to Surrey, or linking down Fraser Highway to Murrayville and Aldergrove, or up 208th Street through Willoughby.

The more hopeful among us may want to get better local small bus service on collector roads in Brookswood and Walnut Grove, or a direct transit link to the Gloucester Estates Industrial Park.

Unfortunately, the thing we really need, that the entire growing South of the Fraser needs, isn’t going to be on the agenda.

We need transit as development happens, not years later.

We’ve seen this with Walnut Grove, with Willoughby, and no doubt we’ll see it again with Fernridge.

Hundreds, then thousands of new homes are built. Density rises – even Walnut Grove has a density comparable in places to that of East Vancouver.

And yet TransLink cannot plan to put transit in place for the day the moving vans arrive and the newcomers get the keys to their new homes.

Density first, then transit. That’s the way it’s always been, and the way it will likely be for years to come.

It isn’t working to get people out of their cars, because who would move to a car-dependent neighbourhood without a vehicle? If all new neighbourhoods are car-dependent, that means more cars for Langley and Surrey for the foreseeable future.

TransLink is cash-strapped, but an experiment in adding lots of transit as or before a neighbourhood developed might show us some interesting results.

Maybe Langley could volunteer.

– M.C.

Just Posted

Support granted for NatureKids

Program provides opportunities for youth and families to learn about and enjoy the outdoors

Grillers compete for best meat in Langley

Rotary Clubs bring back RibFest for a second year from Aug. 16 to 18 at McLeod Park

New defenceman signs with Vancouver Giants

Brendan Pentecost played with the Delta Hockey Academy Elite 15s

VIDEO: Protesters target Langley Ribfest, a Rotary fundraiser

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Langley, Cloverdale politician Dean Drysdale dies

The businessman and reservist served on Township council

Fashion Fridays: How to dress and feel powerful

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Police identify 45-year-old victim in South Surrey stabbing

Delphin Paul Prestbakmo died at the scene, near 18 Avenue and 152 Street

Kraft Heinz brand baby food recalled in B.C. due to possibility of insects

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the product should not be consumed

First Nations women finally to be treated equally under Indian Act: Bennett

Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action thanked the feds

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Puppy rescued from smoky South Surrey condo

Fire alarms brought firefighters to the Morgan Crossing residences around 7 p.m.

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

B.C. daycare operator denies negligence in death of ‘Baby Mac’

Infant died in early 2017 after biting an electrical cord, according to a lawsuit filed by his mom

Most Read