Surrey light rail may be off its tracks

Jenny Cameron / October 23, 2018

The Surrey Light Rail Transit project, which is slated to start construction in 2020, may be scrapped after Saturday night’s municipal election.

Newly appointed mayor Doug McCallum is against the proposed alternative form of transit and plans to spearhead the Surrey SkyTrain expansion.

Senior Issues Management Advisor for TransLink, Jill Drews, says they are continuing to implement projects and initiatives to improve transit.

“Rapid transit south of the Fraser is a priority for TransLink and we are looking forward to working with the new Mayor and new council in Surrey, as well as the Mayors’ Council to achieve this.”

Jill DrewsSenior Issues Management Advisor at TransLink

In the approved 2018 Investment Plan, $1.65 billion dollars was budgeted for the Surrey-Newton-Guilford Light Rail Transit. The Government of Canada has funded almost $500 million and the rest is up to TransLink to fund.

Drews says that About $50 million has been spent to date.

If LRT goes ahead and is built as planned, it would go through the Newton/Surrey/Guildford area. However, if the SkyTrain is built it would go all the way to Langley Centre. Find out more on Translink’s website.

  • with files from Sahil Morar