The City has updated an early video visualizing LRT in Surrey, showcasing the new rendering on the front page of its corporate website. Entitled “The City of Surrey’s Vision for Rapid Transit,” the new video includes a voiceover, explaining the benefits of LRT to the community, as well as additional shots showing trains running through the City.
The video highlights three potential routes the City is planning for LRT: east to Guildford along 104th Ave, south along King George to Newton or South Surrey, and south-east to Langley along Fraser Highway.
The fact that this plan is being placed front and centre on the City’s website proves that it truly believes in LRT and is willing to publicly state that much. Along with the Mayor’s loud call for LRT earlier this year, it is now quite clear which transit option the City desires to pursue.
What remains confusing though is how this “vision” from the City aligns with the Rapid Transit Study it is currently participating in with TransLink. Although yet complete, early results from that effort show that TransLink intends to pursue a single SkyTrain extension to Langley along Fraser, rather than a broader network of Light Rail across the South of Fraser.
If the City has already decided it will aggressively pursue LRT, then what was the entire purpose of the TransLink study? If TransLink has its sights set on SkyTrain, who will get the final say on what system gets built? Don’t the two public authorities seem to be butting heads?