Construction to begin in 2020, with opening day set for 2024

LRTSurrey: Now that the business case for the Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT is approved, TransLink is ready to secure a contractor to begin construction in 2020.

“By 2041, we expect more than 400,000 people to move to communities south of the Fraser,” says Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project Director Stephan Mehr. “LRT will transform Surrey. It will encourage more livable neighbourhoods and support growing job centres. Three-quarters of transit trips start in Surrey and end in Surrey. This shows people living there want to be able to work and play close to home. LRT will make that type of lifestyle easier to attain in Surrey, while preparing the city for decades of growth.”

TransLink, with support from the Government of Canada and contributions from the City of Surrey, is funding the $1.65-billion Project, a key part of the Metro Vancouver Mayors’ Council 10-Year Vision. The Surrey-Newton-Guildford LRT Project will feature:

  • 10.5 km of street-level light rail service along King George Blvd. and 104 Ave.
  • 11 new stops, including two new exchanges
  • 27-minute travel time connecting Surrey City Centre, Guildford and Newton
  • Five-minute frequency in peak hours

Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman is confident this Project will transform the city’s core. “Thanks in part to LRT, Surrey will become a more livable, walkable, thriving hub of economic activity. It will cut congestion to get people and goods where they need to be in a timely way.”

After the Request for Qualifications period closes, we will invite up to three proponents to submit detailed technical and price proposals as part of the Request for Proposals process. We expect to award the contract to the successful team in late 2019 and celebrate opening day in 2024.

Quick Facts:

  • Government of B.C is contributing 40% to the Phase 2 Investment Plan, which includes the Broadway Subway, Surrey LRT and several other projects.
  • The funding breakdown for the Surrey LRT:
    • Government of Canada:  $483.8 million
    • TransLink/Regional:  $1.12 billion
    • Additional funding of $43 million was provided under Phase One of the Investment Plan.
  • The Province is directing most of its share of funding to the Broadway Subway project as this is an extension to the Millennium Line which the Province already owns.