Surrey shows off plans for 27 kilometre LRT line

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The City of Surrey has released a new video showing plans for the upcoming Newton-Guildford LRT line.

The video says the planned 27 kilometres of LRT will transform neighbourhoods along the proposed routes into “connected, complete and livable communities.”

Surrey LRT maps
TransLink map of the proposed LRT routes. Credit: City of Surrey

Nineteen stops in total are proposed along the LRT routes, which will be constructed in two phases:

Phase 1: Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Line

  • 104 Ave connecting Surrey City Centre and Guildford Town Centre
  • King George Boulevard connecting Surrey City Centre and Newton Town Centre

Phase 2: Surrey-Langley LRT Line

  • Fraser Highway connecting Surrey City Centre, Fleetwood, and Clayton, and beyond to Township of Langley and City of Langley
Rendering of an intersection on the proposed LRT line. Credit: City of Surrey
King George Blvd. LRT
Rendering of the proposed LRT line on King George Blvd. Credit: City of Surrey

The video specifies that the Surrey Newton-Guildford LRT will be “street-oriented,” much to the chagrin of those pushing for SkyTrain technology.

The construction of the LRT line will also be an opportunity for the city to rethink streets as public places, and make them more attractive through enhanced sidewalks, boulevards, and road surfaces; the addition of bike lanes and landscaping.

The city hopes that the LRT will spur construction of new, high-density housing along routes, much the same as what has happened in Burnaby and Coquitlam around the Millennium and Evergreen Lines.

Video: https://youtu.be/p-sdr1wPFe8