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Surrey Rapid Transit Line Phase 2 update: alternatives, trade offs and designs and the questionnaire


A rendering of a Bus Rapid Transit option on 104 Avenue and 144 Street.

Phase 2 of the Surrey Rapid Transit Line starts today!

That’s right. We’ve added the alternatives, trade offs and designs, and the questionnaire (among other items) to the Surrey Rapid Transit Line Phase 2 page. There’s a lot of information to digest, so you’ll want to take your time.

The questionnaire is now live

We’d love to hear your feedback on the different alternatives for Surrey rapid transit. Please fill out our questionnaire. You’ll want to check our feedback page for the type of information we are looking for. The questionnaire will remain live until June 24.

Webinar May – 30, pre-register and do your homework!

If you’re planning on watching the webinar, you’ll want to pre-register. You can do that here. You may also want to read up on the all the new material and the feedback page, and think about your questions beforehand.


A screenshot of the Rail Rapid Transit Alternative 3

The first in-person consultation is at the Langley Hampton Inn on May 31, 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Langley Hampton Inn, Rooms A, B & C, 19500 Langley Bypass, Surrey

Followed by:

Thursday, June 2, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

SFU Surrey, Rooms 5100 & 5140, 13450 102 Ave, Surrey

Next is:

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.*CHANGED TO *>

Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Newton Seniors’ Centre Auditorium, 13775 70 Ave, Surrey

The final in-person consultation:

Thursday, June 9, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Guildford Sheraton Hotel, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey

Again, you can find all the information you need to know on the Surrey Rapid Transit Phase 2 page.


  • By Jacob, May 27, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

    I think that BRT1 is same or better than every thing that LRT 1 offers. The financial, operating costs are lower than LRT1, and BRT1 travel times are identical. I’m surprised that there isn’t an option with RRT to langley, and LRT or BRT to newton/WR. Maybe it could be done in stages, but I still think that RRT to langley should be the way to go.

  • By Jack Hope, May 29, 2011 @ 11:17 am

    I think the most disappointing element of the proposed plans is that there isn’t the explicit mention of combination options for Surrey, similar to what was done for the Broadway Corridor. While its obvious that many of the LRT and RRT options could work together or at the very least don’t exclude the possibility of the other options, Translink would probably win more support by putting together a comprehensive rapid transit plan for the region and then allowing the region’s municipalities to prioritize the individual lines.

  • By Joe, May 29, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

    Jack Hope it’s probably because LRT + Skytrain would be prohibitively expensive, which is why the choices are pretty much BRT, LRT + BRT, Skytrain or Skytrain + BRT.

  • By Jack Hope, May 30, 2011 @ 10:31 am

    Hi Joe,

    For one project, you’re probably right. My issue here is that Translink should be looking at an overall South of Fraser rapid transit plan and then prioritizing projects from that. The current discussion is presenting either/or options when perhaps we should be talking about what the phase 1 project should be. We don’t even need to specify the technology, just that these are the routes that will have future rapid transit.

    It seems to me that we’re missing the forest for the trees here and that the network context would improve the quality of this discussion.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, May 30, 2011 @ 11:24 am

    Hi Jacob, Jack and Joe (lots of great J names here): You all have some valid and good comments about Phase 2 of Surrey Rapid Transit. Jeff Busby, TransLink’s manager of infrastructure planning, will be answering questions about Surrey this evening at 7pm PST. I invite you all to join the discussion online and ask any questions you have. You can register here –

    See you tonight!

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