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Light Rail Transit For the Fraser Valley

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Blog by Liz Penner | October 17th, 2016

What is LRT?

Light Rail Transit (LRT) is a type of rapid transit that uses electric-powered trains operated by a driver. It typically runs at street level in lanes that are separate from regular traffic, and offers a smooth, comfortable and quiet ride. LRT is a high-quality form of rapid transit and is used widely throughout North America and around the world.

LRT trains carry large numbers of passengers and are capable of travelling at high speeds while providing a smooth, comfortable, and quiet ride. 

Street-level Stations

LRT stations are street level, and will typically be located in the centre of the road with pedestrian crossings for passengers. Street-level stations allow passengers an easy, "hop-on, hop-off" service, making transit accessible for people of all ages and abilities. 

Stations have shelters and typically have ticket vending machines, closed-circuit TV for security, seating, real-time schedule information, and wayfinding information.

The South of Fraser Rapid Transit Project

In June 2014, the Metro Vancouver Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation shared a 10-year transportation Vision outlining transit and transportation investments to keep Metro Vancouver moving.

The Vision includes implementing Light Rail Transit (LRT) in Surrey and Langley:

  • Phase 1: Newton–Guildford Line along 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard
  • Phase 2: Surrey–Langley Line along Fraser Highway

Surrey and Langley are among the fastest-growing communities in the Lower Mainland. Over the next 30 years, the City of Surrey, City of Langley, and Township of Langley are expected to welcome more than 400,000 new residents and 185,000 additional jobs. That's why improving rapid transit in the South of Fraser area remains a regional priority.

We're now working with our partners to plan, design, and develop business cases for the provincial and federal government. 

If these business cases are accepted and funding from regional, provincial, and federal governments is secured in 2017, construction work could begin as early as 2018.

Construction and commissioning of the first phase (Newton–Guildford Line) will take 3 to 5 years. The Mayors' Council Vision contemplates construction of the Surrey–Langley line about 5 years after the Newton–Guildford Line.


The Project

South of Fraser Rapid Transit Project Map


Phase 1: Newton–Guildford Line

  • 10 km of two-way street-level track
  • 11 LRT stops 
  • A new LRT operations and maintenance facility

Phase 2: Surrey–Langley Line

  • 16 km of two-way track, mostly at street level
  • A short elevated segment over the Langley Bypass and CP Rail Corridor
  • 8 LRT stops


Project Timeline

South of Fraser Rapid Transit Project Schedule

Information Courtest of The City of Surrey at Surrey.ca and Translink at Translink.ca