Not enough money to extend Skytrain to Langley according to Translink

By July 19, 2019News

TransLink has released new details and cost estimates for the proposed Surrey Langley SkyTrain project. Three staging scenarios have been developed and could be fully constructed within five-and-a-half years from a full project approval date.

Currently there is approximately $1.6 billion available in funding, which is enough to see the project reach Fleetwood. These funds had previously been allocated to the Surrey-Newton-Guildford Light Rail Transit Project. Any work beyond this amount is unfunded and would require contributions from other sources. Further estimates are outlined in the table below.

  King George to Fleetwood King George to Clayton King George to Langley
Overview 7km

4 stations

25 vehicles

11km

5 stations

35 vehicles

16km

8 stations

55 vehicles

Ridership 39,900 in 2035

44,200 in 2050

45,800 in 2035

51,500 in 2050

62,000 in 2035

71,200 in 2050

Capital Cost $1.63 billion $2.22 billion $3.12 billion
Benefit-Cost Ratio 1.12 1.17 1.24
Operating and Maintenance Cost $17 million

(annual)

$20.4 million

(annual)

$32.4 million

(annual)

Estimated Fare Revenue in 2035 $10.2 million

(annual)

$13.8 million

(annual)

$21.3 million

(annual)

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The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project would see trains operate every 4 to 5 minutes during peak periods. A trip from Langley City Centre to King George Station would take around 22-minutes.

The new line is proposed to include eight SkyTrain stations as follows:

  • 140 Street, City of Surrey
  • 152 Street, City of Surrey
  • 160 Street, City of Surrey
  • 166 Street, City of Surrey (Fleetwood scenario, interim terminal)
  • 184 Street, City of Surrey (Clayton scenario, interim terminal)
  • 190 Street, City of Surrey
  • 196 Street, Township of Langley
  • 203 Street, City of Langley (Langley scenario, interim terminal)

 

TransLink’s analysis shows the project performs well against objectives the public and stakeholders were consulted on. The benefit-cost ratio of the entire project is 1.24, which is comparable to previous SkyTrain business cases: the Canada Line (1.25) and Evergreen Extension (1.27). All major projects undergo this form of analysis to determine whether an investment represents good value.

Per the direction of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, work has been undertaken to provide options for rapid transit along 104 Avenue and King George Boulevard. The shortlist of options available are dependent upon how much funding is available. Further consultation is proposed to occur this fall.

TransLink will recommend that a full business case be developed for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project by early next year. The Mayors’ Council will consider the findings and this recommendation at their meeting on Thursday, July 25.

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