media release

Talking transit at SFU Surrey’s Open House

February 26, 2014

Michael Alexander, director, City Conversations, 788.894.4900;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;

A public conversation on transit for the region will be part of the Simon Fraser University Surrey campus Global Community Open House on March 6. Visitors to the annual event can take in displays, demos and cultural activities as well as hear the experts and add to the discussion on this timely issue.

City Conversations, a presentation of SFU Public Square, will make its debut at the Surrey event, starting at 5:45 p.m. in room 3270.

The conversation’s focus will be Surrey’s transit needs and the much-touted transit referendum, and will feature SFU’s City Program director Gordon Price, who is a prolific commentator on the region’s transportation, urban design and development. Senior city officials and business representatives will also participate, and the general public will have the opportunity to weigh in.

Questions raised during the conversation will highlight the city’s ambitious plans to add major transit facilities, focusing on what will get built, where and when; what it will cost and who will pay; why and how motorists will benefit, and how the plans fit into the proposed referendum.

“Transportation is an issue that is top of mind for this region, and the goal of City Conversations is to encourage public participation,” says Michael Alexander, the program’s director. “City Conversations doesn’t have lecturers and audience, but rather presenters and participants. It's a conversation that gives everyone a chance to share their opinions and add to the discussion.”

Price has studied regional transportation issues for more than two decades. He worked with the City of Surrey to develop its annual Transportation Lecture Program, which is co-sponsored by the City’s engineering department and SFU Continuing Studies. The program gives citizens, professionals and other stakeholders an opportunity to learn more about transportation issues and interface with senior practitioners who are managing transportation in the region.

The Surrey campus annual open house draws more than 3,000 visitors and will feature an array of hands-on exhibits from each of SFU’s eight faculties. Visitors can take part in robot battles, experience how music aids pain management, test “wearable” technology, dress in “period” costumes, catch live science experiments and interact with touchable sea creatures, to name just a few offerings.

There will also be information sessions, an array of cultural performances, tours of the award-winning campus, games and food. Details on academic programs, student services and admission will also be available.

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Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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