SkyTrain for Surrey, not LRT!
On July 9, 2021, the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain became fully funded with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s announcement of $1.3 billion in federal funding, allowing for the line to be built. The City of Surrey commenced early works construction just a few days later. With these developments, SkyTrain for Surrey’s decade-long battle to get a 16-kilometre SkyTrain extension to Langley City on the map has come to a close.
Read a statement from our organization here: MEDIA RELEASE JULY 14, 2021 — Our decade-long campaign concludes
Our victory on the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain has been crucial in sending the message that South-of-Fraser communities need to be served by top-tier rail rapid tranit. But, with TransLink’s Transport 2050 planning process considering more surface-oriented rapid transit (such as light rail) once again, that momentum could be lost.
We cannot go back to the flawed principles that shaped Surrey’s previous proposal for surface light rail: a system that would have been prone to accidents, faced with speed and capacity limitations, and left us with a permanently inferior transit backbone compared to what cities north of the Fraser River have today.
That is why our blueprint for future transit expansion includes significant expansion of the SkyTrain system.
Rapid transit ‘spine’ corridors will form the backbone of the South of Fraser network, connecting communities to each other and to job and activity centres throughout the greater the region through seamless integration.
Total new SkyTrain:
In addition to Fraser Highway, we have identified three additional “spine” corridors in Surrey/Langley/Delta that should be seriously considered for grade-separated rail rapid transit by 2050.
They have the busiest traffic volumes, the busiest transit routes, and they’re anchored by the rapidly growing Surrey City Centre, which will soon rival downtown Vancouver as an employment centre.
The SkyBridge between Surrey and New Westminster is currently the only high-capacity rail transit crossing over the Fraser River. TransLink has predicted that the SkyBridge (and the current Expo Line) could reach capacity by 2050. Despite this, Transport 2050’s early network concepts do not include a second SkyBridge.
We have envisioned extending the Millennium Line South-of-the-Fraser on a second SkyBridge, adding badly needed redundancy for our cross-river movements, and allowing for far more seamless connections to places like SFU Burnaby, Broadway, and UBC.
SkyTrain for Surrey is the community organization that advocated for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain extension, and continues to push for high-quality, fully grade separated rapid transit projects in Surrey and Langley.
From our beginnings as a petition calling for the scrapping of a street-level LRT proposal, we grew into a community of like-minded folk, taking on various projects such as making SkyTrain an election issue in 2018 as a registered advocacy group. SkyTrain for Surrey continues to call for high-quality transit infrastructure projects that offer a positive return-on-investment. Contact us: [email protected]