Translink wants the public’s input on the Surrey Light Rail Transit project

10-year development map for the city of Surrey’s transit plan, with phase 1 beginning next year. (Translink)

Surrey is building a Light Rail transit system that will allow rapid transportation between the city’s three busiest stations.

Now, with the funding secured, Translink is looking for the public’s engagement about the future of the project. By filling out a survey on their website, people can voice their support or criticisms of the development, and what they’d like to see it look like upon completion.

Earlier this month, Surrey’s mayor Linda Hepner announced that shovels will break ground on the light rail development by 2018. The project will provide a street-level light rail system along King George Boulevard and 104 Avenue, connecting Surrey City Centre, Newton Centre and Guildford Town Centre. It will also be the first light rail transit system in BC.

Chris Bryan of Translink says this is a chance for people to help them with the specifics.

“We’re getting into more of the detail. Decisions have been made about the project itself, that it’s going to happen. Now we’re talking about some of the network connections that are happening. What’s important to people in terms of what they’d like to see around the stations and how the neighborhoods will connect with the stations.” -Chris Bryan, Translink

Phase 2 of the project will connect the Lower Mainland’s two fastest growing communities of Surrey and Langley. These cities are set to gain more than 400 thousand new residents in the next 30 years.

The survey is available on Translink’s website until February 13.