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Shaping Our Transportation Future.

We are developing a new Transportation Plan that will be rooted in the community and for the community. 

Surrey is a dynamic city that is growing quickly. A new Transportation Plan is needed to address continued growth, and transportation changes both within the City and regionally. The new Surrey Transportation Plan will include a long-range vision, articulate a decision-making framework and identify transportation priorities for the next 10 years.

Transportation impacts our daily lives. While a new Surrey Transportation Plan is important, the process of how it is developed is also important. Our goal is to bring residents, stakeholders and key partners together so we can understand the transportation problems we currently face and – together – develop a strategy for the future.

 

Plan Update

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Surrey Transportation Plan Understanding Community Values Survey in October and November 2020. City staff are now reviewing the results of the survey. This will help to create a draft long range Vision Statement, identify potential targets and propose actions the City can take in the first 10 years. 

Our next round of consultation will be in the Spring of 2021 and we look forward to your feedback throughout the planning process.

Where We Are At

  • Completed
  • Started
  • Pending
Fall 2020 - Phase 1

Sharing Information, Defining the Context & Building Excitement

Fall 2020 - Phase 2

Community Values + Current Surrey Experience

Spring 2021

Feedback on Potential Key Approaches

Fall 2021

Refinement + Confirmation

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About the Plan

The City’s current Transportation Plan was developed in 2008, and since then a lot has changed. We are developing a new Surrey Transportation Plan focused on addressing the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology. 

The plan is being developed over the next 16 months, with completion anticipated the end of 2021. When complete it will:

  • Identify a long-range transportation vision for the City of Surrey beyond 2050.
  • Deliver action plans with key objectives, projects, and initiatives for the next 10 years.
  • Develop a framework for how to prioritize future transportation investments.
  • Identify baseline metrics to measure progress towards the long-range vision. 

By working together, challenging old ideas and being creative, we can face our transportation future head-on and achieve Surrey’s vision of a thriving, green, inclusive city. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the transportation choices we make have a direct impact on congestion, emissions and air quality. Our choices involve trade-offs and have consequences, so we are committed to making choices that lead to safer, cleaner and more equitable transportation for everyone.

Pillars

The Surrey Transportation Plan will be a regularly referenced document within the City to help with ongoing transportation planning. Outside the City, it will play an important role in communicating and engaging partners and other levels of government.

The plan is based on 5 pillars:

  1. Grow the transportation network
  2. Prioritize  human life above all else
  3. Tackle the Climate Crisis
  4. Innovate through Technology and New Mobility
  5. Balance Equity

Process & Timeline

From late August 2020 to Fall 2021, City staff will be working with the community to gather ideas and seek feedback that will help shape the new transportation plan. Individuals, businesses and stakeholder groups are welcome and encouraged to share their comments and ideas around how to plan for a vibrant future together.

Engagement opportunities will include:

  • virtual open houses,
  • online survey,
  • virtual key stakeholder interviews,
  • virtual focus groups, and
  • if it’s safe to do so, in-person community and stakeholder workshop.

We want to listen and learn from our community and stakeholders who are going to live the solution so we can make sure the plan fits our needs and sets us up for long-term success. By working together, challenging old ideas and being creative, we can face our transportation future head-on and achieve Surrey’s vision of a thriving, green, inclusive city.

The public engagement process and plan development will be completed in the Fall of 2021. A corporate report outlining this project was presented to Council on February 24, 2020.

SHARING INFORMATION, DEFINING THE CONTEXT & BUILDING EXCITEMENT

This phase focused on sharing information about key elements of the Transportation Plan, the project goals, timelines and opportunities to participate.

COMMUNITY VALUES + CURRENT SURREY EXPERIENCE

This phase will focus on engaging the community and stakeholders on understanding what’s important to them – i.e. the opportunities and challenges they face related to transportation, and how they define success moving forward.

FEEDBACK ON POTENTIAL KEY APPROACHES

This phase will seek to engage the community and stakeholders on evaluating potential priorities, seeking feedback on concepts and key approaches to address the five pillars, and inform the Plan’s vision and decision-making framework. Through this process, participants will be shown the trade-offs and asked to provide feedback on options developed based on what we learned in Phase 2.

REFINEMENT & CONFIRMATION

This phase will be the final engagement phase and will focus on receiving feedback on the draft Transportation Plan. It will identify any gaps and address potential concerns or points for clarification prior to the plan going to Council for decision.

Quick Facts

Surrey grows by 800 new residents a month.

That’s a total of 10,000 people every year! We need a new transportation plan to help us chart our course for the next 10 years and decide how to prioritize key investments.

Surrey has the highest bus ridership growth of any large city in North America.

From 2015 to 2019, bus ridership grew in Surrey by 50%—even though the population only grew by 7%.

Approximately 20 people are killed and 12,000 are injured on Surrey’s roads every year.

The new Surrey Transportation Plan will be built on five pillars, including prioritizing human life above all else. With a commitment to Vision Zero, we aim to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries in our transportation system.

Approximately 1/2 of community greenhouse gasses (GHGs) in Surrey come from cars and trucks.

More transportation choices and faster adoption of electric vehicles is key to Surrey tackling the climate crisis.

Between 2011 and 2017, walking in Surrey increased by more than 75%.

Walking increased by 77.5% even though the population increased only by 10.5%! Walkable cities help reduce the number of cars on the road and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

All intersection traffic signals in Surrey are monitored and adjusted in real time to help minimize congestion.  

Surrey’s intersection cameras are connected to a state-of-the-art traffic management centre which monitors conditions and adjusts signal timing throughout the city to help optimize traffic flow.

Only 25% of residents in Surrey have access to the Frequent Transit Network.

TransLink’s Frequent Transit Network (FTN) provides service at least every 15 minutes until 9pm, every day of the week. However, it currently reaches only 25% of the population. Expanding the FTN will help address transportation equity and limit congestion.

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