Surrey will be the first municipality in the province to install a real-time Travel Time Information System.

Help for harried commuters

Surrey will be the first city in B.C. to install real-time Travel Time Information System on major corridors.

The City of Surrey will be the first municipality in the province to install a real-time Travel Time Information System which will help improve the flow of goods and vehicles within the region.

The system will also provide data to the city’s Traffic Management Centre and the City of Surrey’s website.

“This project will improve the efficiency of the transportation network as a whole,” said Mayor Linda Hepner in a news release. “By making this investment into our community, we are improving movement of goods and people within our city which results in a better city for all who live and work in Surrey.”

The system will employ Bluetooth technology and Dynamic Messaging Signs on key corridors that correspond with major truck routes in Surrey. Multiple routes are proposed for detectors that will allow travellers to select the optimal route of travel based on real-time traffic conditions.

Coun. Tom Gill, chair of Surrey’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said the system is a significant step forward in improving Surrey’s ability to monitor and manage traffic.

“With a population of over 500,000 residents and growing, the efficient movement of goods and traffic are top priorities for the City of Surrey,” said Gill. “The Travel Time Information System will benefit both regular commuters and commercial vehicle traffic.”

Data collected from this project will also provide input into future transportation planning and infrastructure improvement projects.

On Monday, Surrey council approved the funding of 50 per cent of the $2-million installation cost of the Travel Time Information System. The remaining half will be funded by the federal government as part of the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.

Surrey’s corporate report on the initiative can be found here.