Regional Transportation Plan will reduce congestion, address growth and increase transportation choices: Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts

Surrey Mayor Dianne WattsTHE Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation unveiled its priorities for projects that will keep the Metro region moving over the next 10 years and beyond, says the City of Surrey.

Surrey and the communities south of the Fraser are among the fastest growing parts of the region. Over the next 30 years, an additional 380,000 residents and an additional 230,000 new jobs are forecasted for this region.

“The vision presented today will ensure that people and goods are not stalled in gridlock and that our environment, health and overall quality of life are protected,” says Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Surrey has long been in need of more rapid transit options, and this plan addresses that with 27km of light rail transit lines that will run between Guildford, Surrey Centre and Newton within the first 7 years and from Surrey City Centre to Langley Centre within the first 12 years of the plan.”

The plan also calls for the replacement of the Pattullo Bridge with a new four lane crossing that would be expandable to six lanes. The new tolled bridge will include modern lane widths and a centre barrier. The plan identifies tolls for the bridge as interim step with the intent that this will be equitable across the region and incorporated into the planned regional road pricing.

Highlights of the plan for the region:

* Light Rail Transit (LRT) – providing real transportation alternatives for drivers

• Service on King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue between Guildford, Surrey City Centre and Newton, and on Fraser Highway between Surrey City Centre and Langley Centre

* Pattullo Bridge: Replacing infrastructure to improve safety, reliability and to meet future demand

• A new four-lane bridge, designed to keep the possibility of future expansion to six lanes, will replace the existing Pattullo Bridge

• The new bridge will include modern lane widths that meet safety standards, a centre barrier separating northbound and southbound traffic, and effective cycling and pedestrian facilities
* B-Line: Iintroducing more than three times as many b-lines

• New B-Line: Surrey City Centre to Langley via Fraser Highway until LRT is introduced

• Extend 96 B-Line to White Rock Centre via King George Boulevard and 152nd Street

• New B-Line: Scott Road Station to Newton Exchange via Scott Road and 72nd Avenue

* Bus: Increase in service for more reliable, more frequent and extended service

• Improve and expand frequent all-day service: service that runs at least every 15 minutes in both directions throughout the day and into the evening, every day of the week, e.g., 88th Avenue in Surrey/Langley, 200th Street in Langley

• Improve and expand frequent peak service: service that runs at least every 15 minutes, e.g., 112th Street, 152nd Street in Surrey and Highway 17 in Delta

The Mayors’ Council has worked together to develop a plan that benefits the Metro Vancouver region as a whole. The vision will provide 70% of residents with transit service so frequent throughout the day a schedule is not needed. For daily commuters, traffic congestion will be reduced by 20-30 minutes per day on many of the region’s most congested corridors.

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