Surrey Light Rail Transit: Transforming Surrey
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Surrey Light Rail Transit: Transforming Surrey

October 10, 2019


Surrey is B.C.’s
second largest city, with a population
of half a million people, and by 2041, another 300,000 people
will call Surrey home. This rate of growth demands integrated
transportation solutions. Light rail was identified
as the rapid transit choice that best meets the current and future transportation goals south of the Fraser. South of Fraser Rapid Transit is 27 kilometres of LRT, and consists of two phases: Phase 1,
Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT, and Phase 2, the future
Surrey–Langley Line. Phase 1 is 11 stops along 10.5 kilometres
of street-level track, curb-separated from traffic, connecting Guildford,
Surrey Central, and Newton. Light rail
is the rapid transit choice for hundreds of cities
around the world. Systems in Toronto
and Gold Coast, Australia are similar to the design
underway for Surrey. LRT vehicles will have
no-step, level boarding, allowing accessibility
for all riders. Multiple sliding doors
makes boarding fast and easy. LRT provides a smooth,
comfortable, quiet ride with ample space for passengers. Stops have a modern design
with clear sightlines and easy hop-on, hop-off capabilities with shelters, seating,
and lighting; wide passenger platforms
with textured safety strips; digital display with real-time
transit information; security cameras
and emergency phone; pedestrian crossing signals; and wayfinding maps. Street-level LRT integrates
with the communities it serves. Local bus routes
will feed LRT stop locations, improving connections and travel times
within communities. The Compass Card system will accommodate
a seamless transfer to buses or SkyTrain. The track can be embedded
in the road, and is powered by an overhead
electrical system. LRT produces no emissions, helping to reduce
greenhouse gases. The LRT is operated by a driver, and is connected
to a master control centre to respond quickly
to any incidents. Drivers will be certified and will have
extensive training. Traffic and light rail signals are coordinated
and timed carefully to keep LRT, vehicle traffic, pedestrians and cyclists
moving safely and efficiently. The vision for Surrey goes beyond moving people
from place to place. LRT will help transform Surrey into connected, complete,
and livable communities. Planning is underway, and we’re excited to share
ongoing progress with you. Stay involved. Learn more about the project and opportunities
to participate. Visit translink.ca/surreylrt

73 Comments

  • Reply seamack3 June 16, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Let's be honest TransLink… this LRT proposal is anything but 'Rapid'!

  • Reply marksman1416 June 16, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Don't live in Surrey but look forward to going on it when it opens

  • Reply Tim Tian June 16, 2017 at 11:39 pm

    Skytrain extention will be better!

  • Reply talldude123 June 16, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Surrey doesn't need "LRT" when Surrey had BRAND NEW Articulated buses and Express routes!

  • Reply gartbull June 17, 2017 at 12:32 am

    If you must build LRT in Surrey, stick to the "L" line for their inner city. It does not make any sense to penalize Langley with a LRT route down Fraser.
    Langley City has the right to fast, reliable, efficient, and automated service to connect them to the rest of the Metro. Langley deserves SkyTrain, the backbone of our region!

  • Reply Mark2's Car260 June 17, 2017 at 4:57 am

    0:30 no, SkyTrain is better and 0:40 LRT will not reduce congestion on 104 Avenue

  • Reply Gu Do June 17, 2017 at 4:59 am

    King George Boulevard stretch is a nightmare any time of day. Rush hour is crazy. More people are driving either this or skytrain will do.

  • Reply Snowykitty9 GAMING June 17, 2017 at 5:33 am

    Why cant they extend the skytrain

  • Reply MetroElfren June 17, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    LRT is NOT the best solution for Surrey. You have to consider the accidents and delays that may happen with this technology. Also, it is BARELY faster than the B-Line buses. SkyTrain is THE BEST solution for Surrey.

  • Reply Lester Tavros June 17, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    SkyTrain/b-line is better

  • Reply Matthew Furtado June 17, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    Surrey DOES NOT want LRT! It is a bandaid problem to a city who's population growth will soon make it unlivable if our government doesn't invest in a longterm solution. LRT is slow and will congest our roads even more. Extending Skytrain to Langley is the way to go! (and rapid bus transit along your phase 2 route).

  • Reply Damien Cuevas June 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Stupid. Basically the same thing as the 96 B-Line, just looks pretty. Skytrain is the solution and is cheaper to build.

  • Reply Matthew M June 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    It's looks like the majority of people are against this. I certainly am

  • Reply JMS Speedcubing June 18, 2017 at 12:50 am

    1:56 "Stops have a modern design and have an easy hop-on, hop of capabilities" umm the 96 B-line and BRT can already do that.

  • Reply LiftedX June 20, 2017 at 12:42 am

    0:31 – people walking over tracks while trains pass by happily ever after, is a Surrey city Councillor pipe dream.

  • Reply Rick Vugteveen June 21, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Phase 2 should really be Skytrain. The line is longer (16km vs. 10km) and has fewer stops (11 vs. 8). That works out to 1 station per every 0.9km vs. 2kms. The distance would also necessitate a faster connection. King George Station was built with this extension in mind. This is a total no-brainer. It won't be cheap though.

  • Reply Kevin Zhang June 23, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    LRT IS GARBAGE!!!!!!!! SKYTRAIN ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!! 100% NO LRT!!!!!! 100% SKYTRAIN!!!!!!!

  • Reply Justin M. June 27, 2017 at 1:46 am

    For the sake of the people living there, why can't they just extend the Expo Line in Surrey ?? Do they not realize that there's a big risk of a crash between a car and an LRT train since it's ON the same road?? Chances are, not a lot of people will leave their cars at home. Good thing I don't live in that area; that way I don't have to deal with the LRT .

  • Reply TransitkidJason Productions June 27, 2017 at 9:28 am

    At 0:31 those people walking in front of the LRT may get injured if the LRT didn't stop and this will cause big delays and there will be very few special LRT shuttles because all the buses in the system are all doing a route or may had broken down

  • Reply TransitkidJason Productions June 27, 2017 at 9:32 am

    In the end I dislike this project but like the landscape but with out the LRT

  • Reply Aaron Y June 29, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    Is the Surrey-Langley Line going to be LRT for certain or is there a chance of an alternative solution such as a SkyTrain extension

  • Reply Peter Ros June 30, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Many support this including myself. Its time for Surrey to take the lead, proving to be one of the fastest growing cities in Canada. Cant wait to see this in action.

  • Reply Peter Ros June 30, 2017 at 3:21 am

    Countries with LRT systems including France, Austria and UK 👍👍👍

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_tram_and_light_rail_transit_systems

  • Reply Soringd July 5, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Phase 1 is good but phase 2 should be skytrain but from waterfront to king gorge should be a new line so that people don't get confused:)

  • Reply Skunky Stinkerson July 8, 2017 at 8:30 am

    it doesn't make sense to put an LRT from surrey to langley, it's such a far distance (about 18km's), and so much traffic and intersections. what are they fricking thinking -_- (the langleys will never have a fast way of getting out to surrey and vancouver. it will always be 25+ minutes of travel, and wait times etc.. from langley to King George (no way you're getting from Langley to Surrey Central in under 30 minutes- what makes matters worse is that the Light Rail is only gonna stop at King George station. meaning, you'll have to wait for a bus to get to the Mall)

  • Reply Jacob Ravanal July 11, 2017 at 3:02 am

    LRT is not the solution for Surrey!! I like fast transportation! Not some trip that takes 30 mins.. I hope you guys are taking this feedback and actually taking note of these concerns we have. It shouldn’t be what all these seniors think.

  • Reply Skunky Stinkerson July 17, 2017 at 6:36 am

    it provides a smooth ride until a car hits it or when someone gets run over.

  • Reply Jasmine Johnston July 28, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    Yeah, but streetcars are slower than the SkyTrain and barely faster than a bus

  • Reply Pixelart205 iMovies August 1, 2017 at 6:13 am

    Pros and Cons:
    Pros: Station design (maps, displays, etc…..)
    Interior and ride
    Cons: Everything else

  • Reply awesomedog223457 August 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    LRT won't reduce congestion and will not reduce greenhouse gases

  • Reply Damien Cuevas August 9, 2017 at 4:04 pm

    LRT? Good luck with jaywalkers.

  • Reply ostkkfmhtsh012345678 August 13, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Really? LRT? Are we still living in the 19th-20th century? Street-level trams/streetcars/light rail are outdated! Fully-automated trains including #SkyTrain, Daegu Metro Line 3, Sao Paulo Metro Line 15 (Silver), Hong Kong MTR Disneyland Resort and South Island Line, SBS Transit and SMRT Circle and North East MRT Lines and Bukit Panjang, Sengkang, and Punggol LRT Lines, Busan HUmetro Line 4, Tokyo Yurikamome Line, Kobe Port Island and Rokko Island lines, Malaysia rapidKL Kelana Jaya LRT line and Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line, Copenhagen Metro, and many others around the world are the present and the future of mass rail rapid transit! Also, autonomous vehicles including autonomous buses are coming! An autonomous BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) operating like an LRT (coupled to other BRT carriages and vehicles like a train, operates on a programmed route with abilities for detours and alternative routes) with more flexibility than LRT (going around fallen trees, accident and crime scenes, etc.). #SkyTrain4Surrey #SkyTrain4Langley #NotLRT #LangleyNext #SayNOtoLRT #NOtoLRT #StopSurreyLRT

  • Reply CozX Gaming TSW August 23, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    LRT SUCKS SKYTRAIN WIN

  • Reply Colin Fowler August 27, 2017 at 6:11 am

    The 510 Spadina route in this video travels at 12.3 km/h, according to the Toronto Transit Commission's own numbers. I think this plan needs some work. Please don't model Surrey after a 12 km/h route….

  • Reply driianh August 29, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    Just saying… Toronto doesnt have a LRT as of now. The videos you are showing is the streetcar. "fully accessible"? Well, here only 2 routes have low-floor streetcars, and the rest are high-floor, which means there arent accessible. The LRT they are building right now in Toronto, the Crosstown, in my opinion, it's terrible. During construction, it can block up many lanes. (Which is the case in the construction zone as of now) And when construction is done the road will be permanently narrowed to 1-2 lanes in both directions. Anyway, LRT is barely faster than a bus. Yes, LRT can travel above, underground, or at-grade. But your entire plan for Surrey is at-grade. Blocking up lanes, and causing crashes. And, if there is a crash, service will be halted because its block the tracks. Where as in a bus, it can maneuver around. C'mon, just stick with SkyTrain or subway. Its better ;pp

  • Reply Skunky Stinkerson August 31, 2017 at 1:05 am

    we don't want the Loser line, we want rapid bus transit, and a skytrain out to langley.

  • Reply David jc September 9, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    #SkytrainforSurrey

  • Reply devon0 September 12, 2017 at 5:15 am

    #skytrain4surrey

  • Reply Ben Turner September 13, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    I have no problem with the first phase along 104 and King George Highway. They could eventually extend the line all the way to Whiterock.

    But extending the skytrain along the Fraser Highway to Langley seems to make more sense for phase 2.

  • Reply LEON B September 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    LRT is going to be a long term MISTAKE for Surrey! Listen to wise citizens of Surrey who know by experience out of Europe and Calgary that LRT is a MISTAKE! Skytrain is the best option at only 15% more cost long term than LRT.

  • Reply Peter Noort September 27, 2017 at 3:45 am

    The LRT line along 104th Avenue will remove one travel lane in each direction, effectively reducing the roadway capacity by 50%. There is already rapid transit along the route, so the new LRT will not be reducing the amount of vehicles using the route. The users of the existing B-Line bus route will simply begin using the LRT, and people who are currently driving will continue to drive. 104th Avenue is already congested, and will only become more congested if this plan moves forward.

    My question is this, how will removing a travel lane in each direction, which effectively reduces capacity in half, reduce congestion along the already heavily congested 104th Avenue?

    I look forward to your response!

  • Reply Colin Stepney October 25, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    LRT is such a joke. It's the speed of a bus, costs far more to operate and build. SkyTrain on grade-separated tracks would prepare for a future of a far more populous Surrey. You are also taking away traffic space. No one at all wants LRT in Surrey, you are wasting tax dollars. Build a SkyTrain like you did in Port Moody. You are treating Surrey as a second-tier city and no one appreciates it.

  • Reply DangerWrap November 4, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I suggest a win-win solution with elevated LRT. So it won't delay with the traffic and can be driverless system which Bombardier proud of it.

  • Reply Kevin Van Der meer November 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Skytrain instead please!

  • Reply Mr Cloud November 25, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    No!

  • Reply Tim Tian December 27, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    “This demands for integrated transport solutions” yeah right LRT is NOT “integrated” SkyTrain is what I call “integrated”. If you want good service and don’t lose constmers then build SkyTrain. If you build LRT is gonna be less helpful, but will cost more money.

  • Reply Tim Tian December 27, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    “That best meets current, and future transportation goals” NOOOOOOO! YOU GUYS HAVE ALOT OF STUDIES TO DO!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Tim Tian December 27, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    “The vision for Surrey goes beyond moving people” ok, translink you sure know how to talk! But provide good service 🤔 not good!

  • Reply Tim Tian December 28, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Kevin Desmond, please No LRT! SkyTrain and BRT!

  • Reply Tim Tian December 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Translink, we love skytrain

  • Reply Tim Tian January 15, 2018 at 12:43 am

    #skytrainforsurrey

  • Reply Bryan Huang June 1, 2018 at 8:22 am

    There is no convincing reason why skytrain is not accepted.

  • Reply de sp June 5, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    I want an actual answer TransLink. How can you possibly say LRT is faster than a skytrain? LRT's are ridiculously slow, and still have to wait for red lights like cars do. Skytrains are faster and aren't affected by the street traffic, yet you say LRT is better. Give a straight and honest answer.

  • Reply Khris Liangco June 8, 2018 at 6:21 am

    skytrain is beter than lrt and the routes of lrt other cities is beter replace to brt and skytrain to langley

  • Reply Nikkei Simmer June 12, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Not street separated = recipe for disaster with other motor vehicles, Your representative is making stuff up: "[TransLink] LRT will have its own designated, physically segregated right-of-way, separated from other traffic,” said Bryan.“It will also have designated signals that are integrated with intersection signals for other vehicles, so that everything operates as a complete system.” – Look at the video that Surrey City Hall put up. THAT isn't physically segregated nor is it separated from traffic and intersections are even more critical accident points. When you resort to blatant false statements, that smacks of corruption.

    Surrey Memorial Hospital's direct route from west of King George gets blocked off if there is an accident at the corner of 96 & KGH…costing potential lives. If a person is having to be taken by ambulance with any sort of a life-threatening emergency from anywhere west of 96 and KGH…that is anywhere near the Whalley area, they have to detour…and that costs time.

  • Reply The BC Railfan June 14, 2018 at 3:50 am

    I love LRT!

  • Reply Kuldip Pelia June 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm

    It's time to extend Skytrain to Langley and Highway 10

    As Surrey is going to be the largest city of British Columbia, in future, the City Council should have forward thinking. They should take immediate steps to extend Skytrain line from King George to Langley in the East, and to Highway 10 in the South.If Vancouver can have 20 Skytrain stations, Surrey, which is about 3 times as big (area-wise) can have 20 stations too. Actually, I propose Scott Road station to Highway 10 Skytrain (along Scott Road) extension too, which will serve both Delta, and Surrey. Surrey should build infra-structure for 2018. LRT may be exciting for 1912, not for today. So politicians, forget about LRT, and concentrate on Skytrain extensions. Skytrain system is proven safe RAPID transit system, which will benefit not only people of Surrey, but also residents of the entire Metro Vancouver.

  • Reply Gerryl Dionisio June 23, 2018 at 1:09 am

    Good plan, but why not a sky train instead and expand phase 1 to White Rock

  • Reply The BC Railfan June 23, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    LRT is better!

  • Reply Transit user August 6, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    NOT SURE IF YOUR TELLING THE TRUTH ABOUT 80% of people supporting this project cause the people i talked to are all against this!

  • Reply Nikkei Simmer August 10, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    LRT Crash at 96 & KGH – Blocks off access to the only major ER south of the Fraser River from west to east – You call THAT a solution?

    Use your head, Translink. Oh, I'm sorry…I guess that probably isn't viable. Surrey City Hall's tactic of misinformation: http://daycamps.surrey.ca/city-government/18991.aspx "New Poll shows 80% Support Building LRT Network in Surrey" – must be working. Funny, I didn't receive a poll questionnaire. Guess they must have excluded me because of my vociferous anti-LRT "rhetoric".

  • Reply Transit User August 11, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    THIS IS GOING TO BE A BIG MISTAKE! WE WANT SKYTRAIN AND BUSES NOT LRT!!!

  • Reply Transit User August 11, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    THE CALGARY C-TRAIN LIGHT RAIL ALREADY HAS ENOUGH PROBLEMS DON'T MAKE A MISTAKE LRT IN THE LONG TERM MAY START TO COST SIMILAR TO SKY TRAIN! THE MONEY COULD BE BETTER SPENT!

  • Reply Transit User August 11, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Buses like our b-lines can already do that like Guildford to newton about 26 minutes and lrt 25 about minutes and it is many times more expensive than buses!! SO ARE YOU SERIOUS!? YOU STILL WANT TO BUILD IT!!? And skytrain is more expensive but like I said in the long term lrt may cost about only (15%) less than skytrain!!! SKYTRAIN WILL SAVE PASSENGERS MORE TIME!! WE NEED SKYTRAIN OUT TO LANGLEY MUCH FASTER AND MORE RELIABLE TRANSIT!!!

  • Reply Transit User August 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm

    Here is a problem with lrt if there are so many people on lrt platforms where will they be at on roads sidewalks will get cramped!!

  • Reply Tree House September 8, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Like other people say skytrain is the backbone for surrey, vancouver, etc.

  • Reply Nikkei Simmer October 7, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Would you and the Mayor's Council on Translink care to apologize to those who will suffer needlessly when an accident involving LRT with a vehicle on KGH and 96th Avenue blocks access to Surrey Memorial Hospital thus denying critical care to patients being transported from west to east on 96th Avenue? Please don't tell me that "detours can be taken" when in a cardiac event critical seconds wasted on transporting the patient to critical care by having to detour from the scene of an LRT accident can cost the patient his/her survival.

  • Reply Lafv October 14, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    I read that Surrey’s LRT will encourage people not to travel as far to work and therefore have people living and working in Surrey rather than commuting to Vancouver. I really don’t think that that is a realistic thought process. Where will Vancouver get it’s workers from then? Just another far-flung suburb? That’s exactly what Surrey is. Surrey is going to need an awful lot more jobs for this to work, but the houses are still so spread out and an LRT journey will still take a long time.
    A comparison to Toronto’s streetcars isn’t fair either: they operate in a dense downtown where people don’t need to travel far, essentially turning walkability in to walkability+a little more. Surrey is not a densely populated downtown; it is a suburb. It is not walkable, so a solution that caters to walkability doesn’t really make sense unless they are going to drastically increase density. People need to travel far, and giving them an expensive, dangerous, and slow option is just an insult.

    LRT:
    -Slow AND expensive
    -Dangerous
    -Subject to delays

    Skytrain:
    -Expensive, but fast
    -Safe
    – Delays are very unlikely

    Buses/BRT:
    -Slow, but cheap
    -Safe
    -Delays are fairly unlikely

    It just doesn’t make sense. Just use buses until you have the money for skytrains. Also, it seems like literally everyone (except politicians) agrees with me.

  • Reply Nikkei Simmer October 16, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Cost Effective; you say? https://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-rapid-escalation-of-light-rail-costs-in-surrey-are-literally-taxing – Something tells me to call BS on "cost-effective". By the time Surrey implements this white elephant, rising costs will have outstripped putting Skytrain into Langley in the first place.

    Any answers to the points THIS article from the Daily Hive brings up? And why is Translink DISREGARDING its own study which LRT failed to meet the requirements? http://dailyhive.com/vancouver/surrey-light-rail-skytrain-mistakes-underbuilt

    "Canadian Taxpayers Federation B.C. director Jordan Bateman said the original LRT estimate wasn’t believable. “TransLink and the mayors were using old numbers in the plebiscite to hoodwink people into voting Yes,” he said." Hmmm, something smells here.

  • Reply Frank Rako October 20, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Either / Or?… LRT (ground-level light rail) works well for within the city (replacing highly polluting diesel-fuelled busses) and Skytrain (ALRT – Automated Light Rapid Transit) for commuting to and from the downtown cores. Surrey needs a truly integrated transit system.

  • Reply thesosososososo November 6, 2018 at 12:48 am

    When LRT opens, 96 Bline will only run if LRT gets disrupted

  • Reply Birch Tree December 28, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    Well it’s ded

  • Reply Đức Vũ May 11, 2019 at 6:22 am

    I like it

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