Surrey’s King George Boulevard will be one of the first three corridors to experience Metro Vancouver’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) initiative. This high-frequency rapid transit service will feature some dedicated bus lanes, and rail-like stations, addressing transportation issues in the region.
“While the complete implementation of the BRT is anticipated to take five years, the section from Newton Exchange to Surrey Central can be operational in less than one year and needs to be prioritized,” said Anita Huberman, President and CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “This accelerated timeline would underscore TransLink’s commitment to provide immediate relief to transit users in Surrey and address the pressing challenges posed by rising gas prices, a climate emergency, and escalating traffic congestion.”
“It is important to note that while we eagerly anticipate the benefits of BRT, we recognize that, under different circumstances, a Light Rail Transit (LRT) system would have already been in operation. LRT still needs to be considered and perhaps with private sector investment to connect all of Surrey.”
Funding has not been committed, and Provincial and Federal contributions will be required to implement this vision.
Surrey will begin working with TransLink on the service and infrastructure concept designs in early 2024 and keep the public updated. Kevin Quinn, Translink CEO, will be the keynote speaker at a Surrey Board of Trade event on December 8.
The timeline for construction and operation is still to be determined.