We are deeply disappointed to learn that consideration of further SkyTrain expansion South of the Fraser has been largely excluded so far from the Transport 2050 plan, despite well-demonstrated support throughout our region for SkyTrain expansion instead of street-level light rail.¹
Two new future rapid transit concepts unveiled today in the second phase consultation for TransLink’s Transport 2050 show little to no additional SkyTrain expansion being considered South-of-the-Fraser, after construction of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain.
In the only option that does offer a SkyTrain expansion South of the Fraser (on King George Boulevard to Newton), 94% of the expansion will happen North-of-the-Fraser (on Broadway, 41st Street, Hastings Street, Willingdon Avenue, and Marine Drive on the North Shore) while the 6km extension on King George Boulevard comprises just 6% of future SkyTrain expansion. The other option completely omits further SkyTrain expansion South of the Fraser, in favour of only street-level expansion (i.e. surface light rail).
In response to these indications on how future rapid transit expansion South of Fraser is being planned, SkyTrain for Surrey is issuing a call for significant expansion of the SkyTrain system South of the Fraser, delivering more parity with proposed expansion North of the Fraser:
Download a detailed PDF version of our new 2050 vision map HERE.
These are the corridors that will eventually require the reliability, consistency, speed and frequency offered by a fully grade-separated system. There will be a need to better connect these corridors—and areas they serve—to Surrey City Centre and the wider Greater Vancouver region.
South-of-Fraser residents should not be accepting anything less.
1. Previous polls show high support for SkyTrain expansion throughout the region. In fact, in the same survey, there was comparatively little support for street-level LRT, with only 2% of respondents making suggestions for LRT-based expansion.
SkyTrain for Surrey is the community organization that advocated for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension, and continues to push for high-quality rapid transit projects in Surrey and Langley. We began as a petition calling for the scrapping of a street-level LRT proposal, which eventually amassed more than 6,000 signatures, and later contributed to making SkyTrain an election issue as a registered third-party advertiser. SkyTrain for Surrey continues to call for high-quality projects that offer a positive return-on-investment and recognize the rapidly increasing demand for transit.
Daryl Dela Cruz – Founder, SkyTrain for Surrey
Phone: +1 604 329 3529, [email protected]