Our Vision: SkyTrain to Langley
Langley is the last major Regional Town Centre not connected to the regional rapid transit network.
For decades, we have been building the region according to a plan. That plan focused development and growth in regional town centres that were to be connected by SkyTrain.
The SkyTrain tracks at the end of King George Station point down the centre of Fraser Highway. Since its extension to there in 1994, the Fraser Highway corridor - including Surrey and Langley is now a major area of growth. Over 200,000 people live within direct reach of the Fraser Highway corridor in Surrey and Langley - a number that's expected to nearly double in the next three decades.
Surrey and Langley together have the region's highest growth rates in new vehicle registrations. Building a quality rapid transit system that is fully separated from vehicle traffic is imperative to making sure there are alternatives to being stuck in congestion.
Same cost to build, lower cost to operate.
We developed our vision for SkyTrain as a better alternative to ground-level Light Rail Transit. It creates the most transportation benefits and has superior value compared to LRT: It would cost the same to build as an LRT and cost less to operate in the future.
Our Vision: 17km of SkyTrain, 24+ km of Bus Rapid Transit
- Extending SkyTrain to Langley, connecting Surrey neighbourhoods on the Fraser Highway
- Upgrading the 96 B-Line on King George Blvd. and 104 Ave to a full Bus Rapid Transit system
- Extending BRT from Newton and Guildford, to serve further destinations with no transfers
SkyTrain benefits over LRT
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Higher travel time savings
Faster and more reliable commutes
- Transit riders will benefit from more travel time savings, with shorter travel times and less transfers
- Grade-separated SkyTrain is faster than LRT with a running speed of 80-90 km/h versus 50-60 km/h
- A SkyTrain + BRT system will create 2x the overall travel time savings compared to an LRT
Less congestion with higher transit ridership
The Surrey Rapid Transit Study projected:
- 72% higher ridership than an LRT on Fraser Highway
- Higher overall ridership throughout the South-of-Fraser
We believe a SkyTrain + BRT system will attain higher ridership because:
- SkyTrain has the best track record for attracting ridership in North America
- Canada Line rider surveys have shown that trip speed is most favoured aspect of new transit lines
- More travel time savings means higher convenience, more regular transit use
- Far more reliable service than an LRT system that is prone to accidents/disruptions
Lower long-term costs
Costs the same to build now, and less to operate in the long term.
- Lower operating costs thanks to better transit technology and higher farebox recovery
- Less chance of service cutbacks and loss of service
- Significantly lower cost per added rider
- Significantly lower cost per person-hour saved
Faster, more frequent, more convenient service
- Choosing SkyTrain means higher operating frequencies, especially during off-peak hours & weekends
- Bus Rapid Transit means more commute options with through-running and less transfers
- Lower operating costs means less chance of service cutbacks and loss of service
- Faster service than proposed LRT, with higher travel speeds and less transfers
- Not prone to accidents that can block LRT tracks and disrupt service
Higher overall benefits
Twice the overall benefits for a more prosperous Surrey and South-of-Fraser
- Over 2x the transportation and monetary benefits
- Positive business case with a benefit-cost ratio of 1.45:1, versus 0.69:1 for an LRT
- More transit benefits, and more opportunities to shape growth and development
- Reaches the most people through a more region-wide reach of transit improvements
More capacity for future growth
Ready for the future of Surrey and the South of Fraser
- SkyTrain has a higher carrying capacity and more capacity for future growth
- BRT can meet corridor demand projections for at least the next 30 years, and is upgradeable to an LRT or to SkyTrain if capacity need arises
- Better services the over 1 million people that will reside in the South of Fraser by 2041
- Helps deal with congestion by providing a high-quality transit alternative
- Able to accommodate a higher modal shift onto transit from driving
Fewer construction inconveniences
Faster construction, and less impact to commuters and transit users
- Elevated guideway segment construction takes place off-site, with final assembly on-street requiring less time and disruption than constructing an LRT system
- BRT construction can take place more gradually, with no need to construct all elements at once – avoiding the highest construction inconveniences
- Does not require digging up the street from edge-to-edge as with LRT construction
- No full street closures
We deserve a first-rate, world-class public transportation system.
Surrey and Langley residents are contributing millions of dollars in tax money every year to TransLink, and have not received a fair investment in return.
Our vision creates a real transit alternative for people living South of Fraser, with the highest travel time savings and greatest connectivity benefits of any alternative. The proposed street-level Light Rail will cause more congestion and offer lower travel time savings for a very high cost.
Instead of pushing for a first-rate rapid transit system with studied and proven economic benefits, our decision makers are taking the back-seat by thinking that a second-rate system is a better solution.
We don't think this kind of thinking is acceptable for the Lower Mainland's fastest growing city..