Frequently Asked Questions

What is Light Rail Transit (LRT)?

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.

Why is LRT the Right Choice for a Surrey Rapid Transit Project?

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.

Which Other Cities have LRT?

Cities in Canada, the US and around the world continue to choose LRT as a means to provide fast, efficient and accessible transit, reduce congestion and help create connected and sustainable communities. Learn more about LRT technology.

Cities in Canada that have chosen LRT:

  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Hamilton
  • Ottawa
  • Mississauga
  • Toronto
  • Waterloo

Will LRT Increase Traffic in the Area?

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.

What is the Cost of the Project and how will it be funded?

The Province is currently reviewing the Business Case and once approved, costs will be shared publicly.

The Project will be funded through a combination of federal, provincial and regional funding sources. The federal and provincial governments have committed funds to improve transportation in Metro Vancouver, including the support of 27 kilometres of light rail in Surrey.

When will the LRT be built and where will it go?

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.

Subject to confirmed funding, construction for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line is scheduled to begin in 2019 and will take approximately five years. Learn more about LRT construction.

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