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.

How Much Will the Project Cost?

The total cost of the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line is estimated at $1.65 billion, pending final funding approvals by senior governments. The 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.

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.

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

Engagement on the Phase Two Investment Plan ended on May 11, 2018. TransLink received more than 4,500 completed surveys and interacted with nearly 1,000 people at eight in-person events across Metro Vancouver. Respondents were asked about the importance of the projects included in the Plan. Results demonstrate broad support for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT. This support increases for residents who live South of the Fraser, and especially among those in Surrey who use transit on a regular basis. More specifically:

  • 46% of respondents across Metro Vancouver consider this Project extremely or very important

  • Support increases to 60% for all South of Fraser residents and 61% for Surrey residents

  • Support continues to rise to 67% among Surrey residents who used transit in the last 30 days

What type of community engagement has taken place?

Public feedback on this major transit infrastructure project is important. The third stage of engagement (May 31 to June 14, 2018) followed two previous rounds of engagement through which feedback helped inform the Project. Key design changes since the last round of consultation include:

  • Wider lanes on 104 Avenue, with more right-hand turning lanes and protected left-turn signals at key intersections.

  • Improved LRT stop designs, including measures to better protect people from wind, rain and sun, and improved measures for persons with vision loss or visual impairments.

  • Improved pedestrian and cyclist measures at stops, accessing stops from intersections, and on-board.

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.

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