Rapid Transit Now
Rapid transit South of the Fraser
The City of Surrey is advocating we start now on building a Light Rail Transit (LRT) network to link communities South of the Fraser. Over the next 30 years, the population of our city is expected to grow by 50%, from 500,000 people today to approximately 750,000 in 2041 – our vision is that LRT will shape this growth. An LRT network will give transportation choices that promote liveable urban communities and encourage economic development.
The City’s LRT vision includes three lines:
- City Centre to Guildford, along 104 Avenue, with a connection to Highway 1
- City Centre to Newton, along King George Boulevard, with the opportunity for extensions further south in the future
- City Centre to Langley, passing through Fleetwood along Fraser Highway
LRT is Surrey’s transportation solution
LRT is a cost effective, high quality and flexible form of rapid transit. It is the most appropriate technology to ensure that we can create liveable communities around rapid transit stations. The City believes the quality of the rapid transit selected for Surrey is as important as its performance.
- LRT is cost effective: The cost of constructing the complete LRT network would be less than building SkyTrain to Langley.
- LRT is high quality: LRT provides a fast, quiet, smooth, and clean travel option that creates pedestrian oriented liveable places at station locations.
- LRT is flexible: City Centre is destined to be the region’s second downtown. An LRT network would connect City Centre to Surrey’s other town centres and Langley with the ability to expand as ridership grows.
Surrey businesses will see benefits with LRT
A region-wide survey by respected real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle (website new window) found a 3% vacancy rate for office space in Surrey close to rapid transit. In contrast, office space in Surrey located away from rapid transit had a 25% vacancy rate. To attract high quality jobs and avoid gridlock, we need rapid transit now.
Portland Oregon illustrates the benefits of LRT
Portland erected their first MAX LRT line in 1986, and today has a network of 4 lines with 85 stations.Portland has gained $8 billion in new development around these rail stations. They’ve also seen a 69% increase in the rate of development in station areas, compared to non-station areas along the rest of the corridor.
Rapid Transit Vision: A Video
See our vision for rapid transit, and explore the 3 potential routes that will connect downtown to the other City Centres.
Rapid Transit Facilities in other Cities