Why LRT for Surrey?
Surrey is currently home to 20% of the region’s population, but only 7.5% of its rapid transit network. Over the next 30 years, Surrey will welcome 300,000 new residents and surpass Vancouver as the most populous city in BC by 2041.
As the city grows, so do its transportation needs. LRT will ensure that residents and businesses have access to fast, frequent, and reliable rapid transit. It will directly connect Downtown Langley and Surrey City Centre as well as Newton, Guildford, Fleetwood, and Clayton. A new bus network plan will be developed to provide good connectivity to the LRT from areas like Cloverdale.
TransLink, in partnership with the City, completed technical work from 2010 to 2013 that examined different alternatives. Based on this work, the mayors of Metro Vancouver identified light rail in 2014 in the Mayors' Council Transportation and Transit Plan and the fit with Surrey’s long-term community plans.
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How Will Surrey Benefit from LRT?
Light Rail Transit will bring fast, frequent and reliable service between our town centres. For transit users and drivers alike, a 27-km LRT network has plenty of benefits:
LRT will generate almost 11 million new transit trips per year by 2031. More people using transit means fewer vehicles on the road.
- When LRT is built, 195,000 more people will be within walking distance of fast, reliable transit.
- LRT will connect Downtown Langley and Surrey City Centre as well as Newton, Guildford, Fleetwood, and Clayton.
- Surrey LRT will create 30,000 new full-time equivalent jobs in construction (over 12 years), and 15,000 full-time equivalent jobs in operations (over 30 years). It will also help diversify Surrey economy by attracting skilled jobs, including high tech and health service jobs along Innovation Boulevard.
Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- LRT will reduce 15,000 tonnes per year by taking cars off the road.