Artist’s rendering shows what a station along Fraser Highway may look like. (TransLink photo.)

Transit

First look at Surrey SkyTrain renderings along Fraser Highway

TransLink has released two renderings of stations, as a new website is launched

For the first time, TransLink has released an early look at what SkyTrain stations may look like along the planned Fraser Highway extension.

Two renderings of envisioned SkyTrain stations have been revealed on a new project website, surreylangleyskytrain.ca.

TransLink spokesman Chris Bryan said the images are “high-level” and “conceptual.”

“It’s still early stages, and they’re not meant to be a specific location,” Bryan added.

The website states the 17-kilometre route – a promise of Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum along his campaign trail – will extend Surrey’s King George Station down the highway to 203rd Street in the City of Langley.

“Our current work includes updating the cost-estimate for this project and determining how far along Fraser Highway the line could be constructed with the approved $1.6 billion in funding,” the website states. “We are also exploring how work could be sequenced to complete the entire route.”

READ MORE: TransLink reveals new plans for proposed Surrey-Langley SkyTrain

homelessphoto

(Artist’s rendering shows what a station along Fraser Highway may look like. TransLink photo.)

Last December, the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation voted to “proceed immediately with planning and project development work” for SkyTrain along Fraser Highway.

The vote followed heated, divisive debate over if Surrey should be allowed to completely rejig South of the Fraser transit plans.

At the heart of that meeting was what should be done with the $1.65 billion previously allocated to light rail.

Plans revealed by TransLink last December show a 2025 completion date for as much of the line as could be built for $1.65 billion.

Mayors’ Council chair and New Westminster Mayor Jonathan Cote told reporters that meant to “Fleetwood, maybe Clayton Heights.”

TransLink has estimated the entire SkyTrain line to Langley would cost $2.9 billion due to inflation and the increasing cost of land.

However, McCallum reaffirmed earlier statements that he believed the line could be built all the way to Langley for just $1.65 billion.

“I’m confident that for the $1.6 billion we can do it, if we take into consideration doing it at-grade,” McCallum said.

homelessphoto

(TransLink map shows the proposed route of the Surrey SkyTrain extension.)

Plans for a light rail system in Surrey came to a screeching halt when McCallum and his Safe Surrey Coalition dominated the polls on Oct. 2, 2018, winning eight of the nine seats on council, and abolishing the former Surrey First government that held every seat on council.

McCallum has called his slate’s election a “referendum” on SkyTrain and today told mayors that an “overwhelming number” of his city’s residents support it.

Plans for light rail were cleared off the table after the Mayors’ Council voted in November to proceed with SkyTrain.

The regional body’s vote followed that of Surrey’s council, which voted to “cancel” light rail in favour of SkyTrain immediately after being sworn in earlier that month.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

READ MORE: Surrey mayor says city won’t repay $56M spent on LRT, but might pony up $40M in land transfers

Some mayors from the region have questioned whether the City of Surrey should pay back the $56 million already spent on light rail work for the now-cancelled Surrey-Newton-Guildford line.

Mayors from Richmond and Coquitlam have insisted that Surrey pay back that money.

Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart said that just as his city had helped fund city-specific transit improvements to regional plans in the past, Surrey should have to do the same.

“If Coquitlam can’t get an extra [SkyTrain] station without paying for it ourselves, I can’t envision how other communities can get whole other form of transit without funding it,” he said.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie has said Surrey was pushing the region to “throw away” a “fully approved, fully funded, fully vetted plan.”

The $1.65 billion allocated for Surrey-Newton-Guildford light rail had been fully funded this summer as part of the $7.3 billion phase two of the mayors’ 10-year-vision.



amy.reid@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow Amy on Twitter

-With files from Katya Slepian

Just Posted

Surrey tops list of most delayed, congested TransLink bus routes

TransLink says delays are costing $75 million a year

No injuries reported after ‘T-bone’ collision in South Surrey

Three-vehicle collision occurred at 184 Street and 40 Avenue intersection

Parking changes may be coming to Clayton Heights

Surrey Council to decide on pilot project

Delta Sports Hall of Fame to honour 2019’s Sport Champions

Past and present inductees will be honoured at a gala banquet in Tsawwassen on Saturday, Oct. 26

White Rock honeybee deaths prompt inspection by KPU prof

Researcher Cameron Lait unable to provide diagnosis due to lack of evidence – but has a theory

B.C. woman must pay $1,000 after her unleashed dog bites Muffin

Owner should never have left Bibi unattended, tribunal member wrote

Climate activist Greta Thunberg’s mural defaced in Edmonton

The eyes on the portrait were blacked out

LETTER: Middle class better off with Trudeau’s child benefit boost

It’s a transfer, not a tax cut, but it helps families get ahead

VIDEO: Depth and scoring lacking for Vancouver Giants this season: Coach

G-Men defeated on home ice Sunday by Victoria – next up Everett on Friday

Report suggests new BC Ferries terminal near YVR

Metro Vancouver currently has two ferry terminals at northern and southern reaches

B.C. scouting group’s tent destroyed by black bear on Thanksgiving

The Richmond-based Sea Dragon Sea Scouts were camping at Mount Seymour Provincial Park

Greta Thunberg meets with First Nations chief in Fort McMurray

Thunberg has turned her protest against climate change into a global movement

Most Read