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.

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.

How much will the Project cost?

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.

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.

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

What was the level of support for the Surrey LRT Project during the Phase Two Investment Plan Consultation?

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.

What type of community engagement has taken place?

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.

What were the results of the Environmental and Socio-economic Review (ESR)?

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.

Will there be further public engagement opportunities?

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

What are the key concerns you’ve heard during consultation?

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

What is the difference in estimated costs for LRT along Fraser Highway?

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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