Surrey LRT


The proposed Surrey Light Rail system, also known as the L Line,1 is a 27-kilometre 17 mi network in Surrey, British Columbia containing two light rail lines radiating from the Surrey Central Skytrain station and transit hub First proposed in 2012 by Surrey mayor Dianne Watts,2 the first construction is expected to start in 20183

There are two proposed lines:45

  • Phase 1: Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line
  • Phase 2: Surrey–Langley Line

Contents

  • 1 Timeline
  • 2 Proposed network
    • 21 Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line
      • 211 Proposed stops
    • 22 Surrey–Langley Line
  • 3 Criticism
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Timelineedit

This project—among others, including a new subway line in Vancouver—was included as one of the initiatives in need of funding that was proposed to be raised by the imposition of a regional sales tax which was put forward for voter approval in a 2015 plebiscite The electorate voted against the tax increase;6 however, then-mayor of Surrey Linda Hepner said, after the sales tax was voted down, that the city still planned to build the light rail project as it was the main component in her election campaign7

The Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line would be built by 2025 while the Surrey–Langley Line on the Fraser Highway would be finished in 20304 A report outlining the economic benefits of the project was produced by a consulting firm in May 20158

In 2017, the federal government budget included funding contributions to this project9 Prior to the provincial election in 2017, the BC Liberals confirmed they would match the federal contribution if they were re-elected10

Proposed networkedit

Surrey–Newton–Guildford Lineedit

The Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line will replace existing 96 B-Line express bus service once completed

Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line will connect Surrey City Centre with Newton Town Centre via King George Boulevard and Guildford Town Centre via 104 Avenue Travel time from Newton Town Centre to Surrey Central will be 15 minutes and will take additional 10 minutes to Guildford Town Centre

Proposed stopsedit

  • 152 Street Guildford Exchange - serves Guildford Town Centre
  • 148 Street
  • 144 Street
  • 140 Street
  • Surrey Central Station - connects to the SkyTrain system and also serves Central City Shopping Centre and Surrey City Hall
  • King George Station - connects to the SkyTrain system
  • 96 Avenue - serves Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • 88 Avenue - serves Surrey Arts Centre
  • 80 Avenue
  • 76 Avenue
  • 72 Avenue Newton Exchange

Surrey–Langley Lineedit

The Surrey–Langley Line is proposed as a future phase after the completion of the Surrey–Newton–Guildford Line The line will travel on the Fraser Highway and will connect Surrey City Centre, Fleetwood Town Centre and Langley Travel time will be 245 minutes

Criticismedit

The project has been criticized by local residents and advocacy groups for issues such as a lack of travel time improvement, large annual operating deficits, vulnerability to accidents and a negative business case suggested by the original TransLink joint analysis111213 Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink, has said it is still a possibility that the planned rapid transit connection to Langley could be built using SkyTrain technology instead of LRT14

See alsoedit

  • Light rail in Canada
  • SkyTrain

Referencesedit

  1. ^ Kupchuk, Rick November 16, 2016 "'L' Line coming to Surrey" Surrey Leader Retrieved March 5, 2017 
  2. ^ "Surrey's mayor renews call for light rail, regional tolling strategy" wwwvancouversuncom Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  3. ^ Wong, Rachel February 6, 2017 "Light rail transit gets the green light in Surrey" The Peak Retrieved May 16, 2017 
  4. ^ a b "Light Rail Transit" City of Surrey 2015 Retrieved June 15, 2015 
  5. ^ "City of Surrey's Vision for Rapid Transit — LRT" video City of Surrey August 23, 2011 Retrieved June 15, 2015 
  6. ^ Francis Bula July 2, 2015 "Vancouver-region tax hike transit referendum voted down by 62 per cent" The Globe and Mail Retrieved July 2, 2015 
  7. ^ "No means Yes in Surrey: Mayor Hepner says LRT still on track despite transit tax rejection" wwwtheprovincecom Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  8. ^ Shirocca Consulting 2015 "Economic Benefits of Surrey LRT" PDF City of Surrey Retrieved June 15, 2015 
  9. ^ Saltman, Jennifer March 22, 2017 "Federal budget 2017: Ottawa promises to pay 40% of Broadway subway, Surrey light rail" Vancouver Sun Retrieved May 16, 2017 
  10. ^ Smith, Charlie March 31, 2017 "Broadway subway and Surrey light rail more feasible as province matches feds' $22-billion contribution" The Georgia Straight 
  11. ^ "New campaign pushes for rapid transit from Surrey to Langley" wwwnews1130com Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  12. ^ "Light Rail Reality Campaign Video" wwwskytrainforsurreyorg Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  13. ^ "Surrey deserves better ・ Light Rail Doesn’t Work" wwwskytrainforsurreyorg Retrieved September 5, 2015 
  14. ^ Nagel, Jeff June 7, 2016 "Line to Langley may still be SkyTrain: TransLink CEO" Surrey Now-Leader Retrieved May 21, 2017 

External linksedit

  • Surrey LRT Project – City of Surrey
  • Surrey–Newton–Guildford LRT Project – TransLink
  • SkyTrain for Surrey


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