On January 6, 2020, Rapid Transit Buses went live along King George Boulevard between Guildford Town Centre and Newton Exchange along an existing upgraded 96 B-Line. Service is expected to be 20% faster with improvements on bus-only lanes, signal priority, queue jumps at intersections, fewer stops and all-door boarding. The new line doesn’t bring bus service to any new routes in Surrey.
“While this is an enhancement to transit options along King George, it only represents a short-term economic solution to revitalize and connect all of Surrey’s town centres,” said Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade CEO. “Surrey can fit Richmond, Burnaby and Vancouver within our city limits, and that means that it is incredibly difficult for our workforce to get to and from work efficiently. Each of the Town Centres – Cloverdale, Guildford, Fleetwood, City Centre, Newton, and South Surrey – need to be connected for business to thrive in this city. Buses can’t be the only solution.”
“We need decision-makers to implement a comprehensive plan to revitalize all Surrey Town Centres. Transportation, in addition to education, is the foundation of supporting and attracting business in our economy. We need innovative transportation options to connect all of Surrey, at all times of the day.”
The Surrey Board of Trade is a non-partisan city-building business organization with 6,000 member contacts.