We need more SkyTrain
Editor: Malcolm Johnston (The Times, April 6) should not feel at liberty to speak for the entire South Fraser region.
Most important, before it spends public transit funds on such follies as light rail (LRT), TransLink should acknowledge that not only is SkyTrain probably the safest and basically most efficient mode of public transit, but it’s also the most ecologically friendly.
Indeed, I strongly believe, most public transit funding should go towards extending SkyTrain to wherever the potential utilization of its services warrant — such as to UBC.
Such transit is simply too convenient to be denied to regular public transit utilizers. You can often count on the exact minute, if not second, that it will arrive and leave. Furthermore, because it runs above and below the ground, SkyTrain, unlike the proposed non-automated LRT, does not hinder regular, fossil-fuel-powered vehicular movement.
There are plenty of naysayers who complain about the expense of SkyTrain. However, SkyTrain’s benefits far outweigh its expense.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr.,