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Rail group: Provincial report biased

FRASER VALLEY (NEWS1130) – The group Rail For the Valley says an independent firm has taken a look at a provincially commissioned transit study into light rail released in December, and found the government report was biased.

The study commissioned by the Ministry of Transportation found interurban light rail wasn’t a viable option for the area.

John Vissers with Rail For the Valley says the analysis the group commissioned with British company  Leewood Projects found the government didn’t look at all of the available information. “What they saw was a clear agenda dismissing light rail.”

Quotes from the Leewood analysis:

“The MoTi had formed their conclusion prior to commissioning the report, and the evidence in the report has been selectively incorporated, in order to substantiate the conclusion that they wanted to see.”

“The BC MoTI and TransLink appear to have predefined that Bus Rapid Transit was the only option and the report was to prove that point of view.”

Vissers is hoping Liberal Leadership candidates will take another look at the viability of light rail.

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