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Light Rail Transit

concept drawing of a light rail transit car

Transform Surrey with Rapid Transit

Light Rail Transit will shape Surrey into the region’s next major metropolitan centre. As one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada, the way people move is vital to the sustainability and growth of our City.

Surrey’s LRT network will connect our communities and bring 195,000 people within short walking distance to accessible, reliable and frequent rapid transit service. With trains arriving every 5 to 6 minutes, and stations spaced closer than SkyTrain, LRT creates vibrant, pedestrian and transit friendly communities.

What is Light Rail Transit?

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a premium, high-speed, and environmentally friendly form of rapid transit used widely around the world and increasingly across Canada in such cities as Ottawa, Brampton-Mississauga, Kitchener-Waterloo, Edmonton, and Calgary.

LRT stops are street-level and allow passengers an easy, no-step boarding, making transit accessible for people of all ages and abilities. LRT trains operate in their own lane, which is usually in the centre of the street and separated from car traffic. Operated by drivers, LRT trains carry large numbers of passengers and are capable of travelling at high speeds while providing a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. 

LRT in Our Communities

Over the next 30 years, we will welcome 300,000 new residents. An LRT network connecting City Centre to other Town Centres, including the Langley Town Centre, will support sustainable growth and a strong economy.

LRT is the right rapid transit solution for Surrey because it has the capacity to serve the City’s existing and future development. The human size and urban-style transportation will help maintain Surrey’s role as a provider of affordable and family-orientated housing. We will be able to build a 27 km network for LRT with the current budget identified by the Mayors’ Council.

Economic Benefits

In the May 2015 Economic Benefits of Surrey LRT report, independent economist Teresa Watts points to LRT’s wide range of positive outcomes for our City, including expanding and diversifying local employment, helping attract investment and development, and promoting urban growth.

Other benefits of LRT highlighted in the report include:

  • A major boost in jobs created in construction and maintenance;
  • Integrated and pedestrian-friendly communities along the corridor; and,
  • Providing a more accessible ridership with more stops and shorter distances between stations.

All stations are preliminary and will require further research.