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.
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
The 10-Year Vision is being rolled out in phases, each timed to the planning and delivery of new projects and services. Phase One funded approximately $2 billion in expanded transit services, transit infrastructure and improvements for roads, cycling, and walking, beginning in 2017. Phase Two funds an estimated $7.3 billion of transportation improvements in the 10-Year Vision.
Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision has been approved! That means more transit, better roads, safer cycling and pedestrian access — for everyone.The Phase Two Plan was approved June 28, 2018. The new projects in the Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision will advance this year 2018, and Metro Vancouver residents will start to see new Phase Two transit services as early as 2019.
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
Stage 1: Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line
Light rail transit on 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard, with dedicated train-only lanes
11 new stations and an operations and maintenance centre
Trains every 5 minutes during peak periods
Estimated travel time from Guildford to Surrey Centre: 9 minutes
Estimated travel time from Newton to King George Station: 13 minutes
Stage 2: Surrey-Langley Line
Light rail transit from Surrey to Langley on Fraser Highway
8 new stations
Funded in Phase One and Phase Two
Construction and service for Stage 1: Surrey-Newton-Guildford Line
Project development for Stage 2: Surrey to Langley on Fraser Highway
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
Information Courtest of The City of Surrey at Surrey.ca and Translink at Translink.ca