Translink has just released a simulation of the commuter experience for the Surrey LRT that will provide modern, street-level light rail transit along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue
Rencently, Translink unveiled an LRT vehicle at Surrey Central City Mall on Wednesday, May 2nd to showcase the new design.
As the first of two phases in the South of Fraser Rapid Transit Network, the Surrey–Newton–Guildford Light Rail Transit (LRT) connects these three integral centres. Further, It will run along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue, connecting Surrey City Centre, Guildford and Newtown.
Phase 1: Surrey-Newton–Guildford Line along 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard
- 10 km of two-way street-level track
- 11 LRT stops
- A new LRT operations and maintenance facility
As of May of 2016, the population of Surrey soared to an impressive 517,887; this figure shot up 10% from the 2011’s total of 468,251. In fact, Surrey is now tracking to outgrow the City of Vancouver in population. As a result, the new system will reduce congestion for the city’s rapidly growing population.
On April 30th, Translink CEO Kevin Desmond announced that the light rail transit lines in Surrey to Newton and Guildford will cost more than anticipated. In fact, he stated that the system will cost a staggering $1.65 billion, which is up from $1 billion in 2015.
In order to fund this increase, Metro Vancouver mayors have proposed small price hikes to transit fares and property taxes.
Surrey LRT Phase 2
Investing in better transit along these corridors will:
- Reduce traffic congestion
- Increase transit network capacity
- Revitalize Surrey communities
- Protect the environment
- Create jobs and attract employment
- Meet the transportation goals for the region
Phase 2: Surrey–Langley Line along Fraser Highway
- 16 km of two-way track, mostly at street level
- A short elevated segment over the Langley Bypass and CP Rail Corridor
- 8 LRT stops
The final Phase Two Plan will be presented to the Mayors’ Council and TransLink Board of Directors for consideration in June 2018. If approved, the new projects in the Phase Two Plan will begin to advance in 2018. Afterward, Metro Vancouver residents will start to see new Phase Two Plan transit services as early as 2019.
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