Frequently Asked Questions

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a modern form of rapid transit that typically runs at street level in separate lanes from regular vehicle traffic. It provides fast, efficient and reliable service and offers a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. It runs on electricity and is driver-operated. Learn more about LRT technology.

Technical work between 2010 and 2013 examined numerous routes and modes of rapid transit. This informed the 2014 decision by the Mayors' Council to endorse 27 kilometres of light rail for Surrey. LRT was selected for its quality of service, capacity, cost and the fit with the City of Surrey’s plans for community development. Learn more about the project history.

On September 4, the governments of Canada and B.C. confirmed funding for two rapid transit projects in Metro Vancouver, including the SNG LRT Project. They also approved the Project’s business case.

This means that the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project has the green light on funding commitments from all levels of government and we are moving forward to secure a contractor for the project by opening a two-part competitive selection process to award a contract to build and construct this Project. We expect that a contract will be awarded in late 2019 and construction will begin in 2020.

By 2041, the South of Fraser Sub-Region is expected to grow by more than 400,000 new residents and 200,000 new jobs. The Business Case outlines the need and benefits of the Project as well as the delivery method (Design-Build-Vehicle-Finance-Operations-Maintenance-Rehabilitation) and the Benefit-Cost Ratio. To learn more, read the SNG LRT Project Business Case Summary.

We estimate approximately 3,960 direct jobs will result from the Project's construction, most of which will be well-paying, high-skill construction jobs.

The Project will also help to create thousands of indirect jobs (estimated at 2,350) for businesses that support and supply the construction activities.

King George Boulevard, 104 Avenue, and Fraser Highway are all heavily travelled roads that currently face congestion challenges, and the situation will only continue to deteriorate as Surrey’s population grows.

LRT will provide a fast, frequent and reliable alternative to driving, and place more people within walking distance of rapid transit in both Surrey and Langley. When more people choose transit over private vehicles it will help us to reduce congestion and greenhouse gases in the region.

In addition, the City of Surrey will undertake more than $50 million in regional road network improvements over the next 10 years to help meet resident and business needs as Surrey continues to grow. A key part of the roads plan is improving travel on parallel corridors.

The estimated cost of the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Line is $1.65 billion, subject to approval of the business case. This reflects the full project scope, including funding received through Phase 1. This cost estimate may be refined through additional technical analysis, public input and design modifications. The estimate will be finalized at the end of the procurement process.

TransLink, the Government of Canada and the Province of BC are contributing more than $9 billion in transit and transportation investments across Metro Vancouver to achieve the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision. The Province committed to funding 40% of Phase Two which includes this project, the Broadway Subway and several others.

Both TransLink and the Province are the major funders for the assets they will own. TransLink is directing most of its funding towards the Surrey LRT, and B.C. is directing most of its share of funding to the Broadway Subway project, as this is an extension to the Millennium Line which is already owned by the Province. 

Phase One — Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line: This line will connect Guildford, Surrey City Centre and Newton with light rail running along 104th Avenue and King George Boulevard.

Phase Two — Surrey-Langley Line: This line will connect Surrey City Centre and Langley Centre along Fraser Highway.

Anticipated completion date: 2024. The timeline is subject to change based on design, funding, procurement, and construction schedules. Learn more about LRT route.

Consultation and independent polls continue to confirm support for this Project. The results of TransLink’s recent consultation on the Phase 2 Investment Plan found that support for the Project from residents living South of the Fraser is 60% and 61% among Surrey residents. Support rises to 67% among Surrey residents who used transit in the last 30 days. The Investment Plan’s independent survey also demonstrated strong regional support for the Project, 71% rated it extremely, very, or moderately important.

There have been three stages of engagement. Stage 1 took place in May 2017, stage 2 in October 2017 and stage 3 in June 2018.

With the use of best practices in design, construction and operation, the Project is not expected to create any significant negative impacts. For more information, please see our Document Library.

We will continue to engage the public and stakeholders as appropriate.

Details on what we’ve heard and how we’ve addressed concerns throughout the Project are shared on the Open House Boards.

According to preliminary cost estimates Light Rail Transit along Fraser Highway could cost about $1.95B, whereas SkyTrain could cost about $2.9B.

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