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Upgrades to Surrey Transit Centre

Bus breaking through ribbon

Bus breaking in the new facility! Photo by Lindsey Donovan

Yesterday was a big day for the Surrey Transit Centre. It was the commemorating ceremony for two new facilities that will greatly upgrade and benefit transit operations in Surrey. I attended the event as an excuse to see the new digs and the centre itself.

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec; Dave S. Hayer, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey-Tynehead, and Doug Kelsey, TransLink’s Chief Operating Officer joined Coast Mountain Bus Company employees, reporters and bloggers to officially open the newly expanded centre. The Federal and Provincial government provided $4.6 million dollars while TransLink paid for the remainder of the $12.7 million upgrade project.

New refueling facility

Refueling Facility

New refueling facility

To start off the event, a bus drove through a ribbon of paper in the new refueling facility. The fueling facility can fill up to three buses at a time including 60-foot buses. One of the plans for the future of transit in Surrey is the King George B-Line, which would require 60-foot articulated buses. This new facility will allow for longer buses in Surrey as there would be a place to service them.

State-of-the-art bus wash facility

Bus Wash

New bus wash

I spoke with Justin Pedley, Project Manager of Project Management for the Engineering & Project Services Group with TransLink, about the new wash facility. He told me that at the end of every day, each bus in Surrey gets washed. Justin went on to say,

“The old wash facility could only clean standard buses. With the new facility, you cannot only clean community shuttles but articulated buses as well. It has sensors that change the width of the wash to suit the bus, so it’s very versatile. As well, it reclaims 80 per cent of the water it uses. It continuously reclaims water… Water gets washed, it goes through a system that filters out the hard particles, cleans it a little bit, then sends it back out to be washed.”

Expanded and improved bus maintenance facility

Like the other two building, this facility is equipped to handle larger buses and has specialized tools, including new hoists, to accommodate them.

Before the upgrades, the Surrey Transit Centre could house and work on 187, 40-foot buses. Now, with the new upgrades, the facility can handle 300 buses. With Surrey set to eclipse the population of Vancouver by 2040, these upgrades will help deal with the increase in transit demand in the future.

Here’s some more info on the upgrades if you’re interested. Having only had a short visit at the centre, I think I’ll return for a proper one. If any you would also like to get a tour of the facility, I’m game to setting a date and a time in the future to do so!

Four representatives at the event

Haydn Acheson President & General Manager Coast Mountain Bus Company; Doug Kelsey, TransLink’s Chief Operating Officer; Dave S. Hayer, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Surrey-Tynehead; and The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. Photo by Lindsey Donovan


  • By Allan K., July 6, 2011 @ 2:58 am

    Heh… I didn’t expect this project coming. Nice to hear about those upgrades… does that mean we’ll see a B-Line running soon down there? Also, have you heard of any word about Main Street and Metrotown upgrades lately btw? Still in budget negotiations? I find it funny that they’d upgrade Main Street so early for fare gates for that reason… =O Finally, quite off topic but do you know where and when the Xcelsior demo will be in service? Thanks =)

  • By anon, July 6, 2011 @ 9:14 am

    I would love to get a tour of that facility if there was one open to the public/buzzer blog readers!

  • By Eugene T.S. Wong, July 6, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    I would love a tour as well.

    Robert, this blog entry is great.

  • By ;-), July 6, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    I think we should relocate our “I love Transit event” to Surrey. If the facility doesn’t have a cafeteria…. Food can be catered! Is there a restaurant nearby?

  • By C.Cassidy, July 6, 2011 @ 11:50 pm

    Funny that the ceremony was yesterday yet the facility has been completed for a few months.

    Don’t get excited guys, it’s nothing amazing :P

  • By shane grover, July 7, 2011 @ 10:55 am

    hi there huge transit user id love a tour of the surrey transit centre if possible please e mail me when any openings come available thank you very much!!!

  • By Meraki, July 7, 2011 @ 4:43 pm

    I would be up for the tour as well! =]

  • By anon., July 7, 2011 @ 9:37 pm

    Can figures be cited in metric units please? I always have to look-up values given in imperial units. Thanks!

  • By Dennis, July 8, 2011 @ 1:50 am

    @C.Cassidy: They probably had to make sure everything worked before celebrating :P just kidding.

    I’m up for a tour as well :D

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, July 8, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    Hi Dennis: I’ll try my best in the future to supply metric measurements as well as imperial measurements. However, much of what we do at TransLink (and in Canada for that matter) is still measured using imperial (just thinking of how we measure our bodies etc.) so I won’t always be providing metric as well as imperial. That said, I kinda like metric myself (so many other countries us it and it really is a more exact measurement style). So, 40 feet is roughly 12.2 meters, and 60 feet is roughly 18.3 meters.


  • By shane grover, August 16, 2011 @ 9:23 am

    i would love a tour of the new stc dept if possible

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