New Westminster, BC — Results from the first stage of public engagement on the proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain and rapid transit options for 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard show strong support for improved rapid transit in Surrey and Langley.
Between April 4 and 26, TransLink collected 21,267 survey responses, with nearly 17,000 of them from residents in Surrey and Langley.
“This engagement received the second greatest number of responses in the history of TransLink engagements, second only to a topic that affected the entire region,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Ridership is booming, especially south of the Fraser, and the incredible number of responses from this engagement demonstrates how important it is that we continue improving and expanding our transit system.”
Survey results indicate widespread support for the proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain. In Surrey and Langley, 85% of respondents support the proposed project, and in the rest of the region, support lies at 84%. The following is a breakdown of support:
- Surrey – 82%
- City of Langley – 90%
- Township of Langley – 92%
- Rest of Metro Vancouver – 84%
The survey asked the public to rank values for consideration in rapid transit planning, including the 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard corridors. Survey respondents identified the following as their top three values:
- Predictable transit travel time that helps me get to my destination faster
- Efficient use of public money
- A comfortable and safe experience when I use transit.
To help gather feedback on rapid transit south of the Fraser, TransLink commissioned a market research survey to help obtain statistically-representative responses. Findings were consistent with the public engagement survey.
To ensure broad access to information and to maximize public participation, the three-week engagement period included:
- Online opportunities, including a survey in English and Punjabi
- In-person opportunities, including four open houses and promotions at major transit hubs in Surrey and Langley
- Outreach to diverse communities, including South Asian, Korean, Chinese, and Filipino, through advertising; attendance at Surrey’s Party for the Planet and Vaisakhi Parade; and a presence at temples.
Feedback from the engagement will help to inform ongoing planning work and will form part of TransLink’s project update to the Mayors’ Council in July.
For more information, please visit: surreylangleyskytrain.ca
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TransLink is Metro Vancouver's regional transportation authority, and is the first North American transportation authority to be responsible for the planning, financing and managing of all public transit in addition to major regional roads and bridges.