TransLink aims to build SkyTrain service along Fraser Hwy in Surrey by 2025

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TransLink's plan for SkyTrain expansion through Surrey involves a mostly elevated track that will follow the Fraser Highway out to Langley but whether there is enough money to pay for the project remains to be seen. Ted Chernecki reports – Dec 10, 2018

Editor’s Note: A previous version of this story stated TransLink was aiming to build the SkyTrain out to the Surrey-Langley border by 2025. On Monday, TransLink said the SkyTrain line out to Langley is dependent on funding and the report is not “set in stone.”

The agenda for this week’s Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation meeting shows new plans for the new Surrey SkyTrain line.

TransLink’s plans show the rail line along Fraser Hwy has a target of being built and open to the public by 2025.

There is no cost estimate yet, but the agenda says there is $30 million set aside for “pre-design” in 2019.

TransLink says the specific amount of the SkyTrain line, which is set to be completed by 2025 is dependent upon the existing funding from the Surrey LRT line. If there is enough funding and work on the line starts soon, then the plan is for some portion to be open for public use in 2025.

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The 16-kilometre elevated line would have 8 stations plus one future station and 55 SkyTrain cars, according to the document.

The proposal is set to be shown at this weeks Mayors’ Council Meeting
The proposal is set to be shown at this weeks Mayors’ Council Meeting. TransLink

The agenda says if the resolutions are endorsed by the Mayors’ Council, the TransLink board will consider the same.

That means they will:

  • Start staff and consultant resourcing
  • Start implementation of work plan
  • Work on detailed approach for B-Line changes in collaboration with Surrey and Langley City
  • Report back on progress in January

TransLink’s proposal will be shown at the Mayor’s Council meeting on Dec. 13.

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