OPIN­ION Killing light rail would re­sult in fewer sta­tions

The Georgia Straight - - Opinion - By

SChar­lie Smith

ur­rey res­i­dents are ea­ger to have a Sky­train ex­ten­sion, judg­ing by the Oc­to­ber 20 elec­tion re­sult. The win­ning party, the Safe Sur­rey Coali­tion, pledged to dump a fully funded light-rail line con­nect­ing Guild­ford and New­ton to Sur­rey Cen­tre. The party’s may­oral can­di­date, Doug Mc­cal­lum, promised to use this money to de­velop Sky­train along the Fraser High­way to Lan­g­ley.

But do Sur­rey res­i­dents re­al­ize that this will mean far fewer rapid­tran­sit sta­tions?

There were 11 planned stops along the $1.65-bil­lion Sur­rey-new­tonguild­ford light-rail line. Four were on 104th Av­enue at 152nd Street, 148th Street, 144th Street, and 140th Street. Seven more were planned along the King Ge­orge High­way between 72nd Av­enue and Sur­rey Cen­tral Sta­tion.

The next phase was go­ing to be light rail from King Ge­orge Sta­tion to Lan­g­ley. The Hatch re­port, which was done for Translink in 2017, noted that this $1.64-bil­lion ligh­trail line would in­clude nine sta­tions.

That would have given Sur­rey 17 ad­di­tional sta­tions, not count­ing King Ge­orge and Sur­rey Cen­tral, which al­ready serve Sky­train pas­sen­gers.

The nine along Fraser High­way would be at King Ge­orge, 140th Street, 152nd Street, 160th Street, 166th Street, 68th Av­enue, 64th Av­enue, 192nd Street, and Lan­g­ley Ex­change.

Translink has es­ti­mated that it will cost $2.9 bil­lion to de­velop Sky­train from King Ge­orge Sta­tion to Lan­g­ley. That’s about $175 mil­lion per kilo­me­tre.

If only $1.65 bil­lion is spent—the cur­rent fund­ing en­ve­lope for the sus­pended Sur­rey-new­ton-guild­ford light rail—the Sky­train line will only ex­tend about nine kilo­me­tres down the Fraser High­way, based on Translink’s es­ti­mated cost. That wouldn’t even make it to 68th Av­enue, which is 12.4 kilo­me­tres down the Fraser High­way.

That means, at most, there will likely be two or three Sky­train sta­tions in ad­di­tion to King Ge­orge Sta­tion if the Translink May­ors’ Coun­cil agrees to re­al­lo­cate the fund­ing from light rail to Sky­train. This is be­cause Sky­train sta­tions tend to be placed at greater dis­tances from one an­other, in com­par­i­son to sta­tions on light-rail routes.

Of course, this es­ti­mate of two or three new Sky­train sta­tions is pred­i­cated on Translink’s fi­nan­cial es­ti­mate be­ing cor­rect—some­thing that Mc­cal­lum has dis­agreed with. He main­tains that by build­ing part of the line at grade be­side the high­way, the cost can come down sig­nif­i­cantly. But that doesn’t take into ac­count the cost of build­ing huge park­ing lots for mo­torists who want to park and then ride the Sky­train.

So there you have it: nine new rapid­tran­sit stops with LRT from Guild­ford to New­ton via Sur­rey Cen­tre (in ad­di­tion to LRT sta­tions at King Ge­orge and Sur­rey Cen­tre). And pos­si­bly only two or three new rapid-tran­sit stops with the same amount of fund­ing go­ing to Sky­train down the Fraser High­way.

It raises se­ri­ous ques­tions as to whether a trun­cated Sky­train line that stops be­fore 88th Av­enue would at­tract any­where near as many riders as an 11-sta­tion LRT line that brings hordes of pas­sen­gers to Sur­rey Cen­tre.

The Translink May­ors’ Coun­cil hasn’t ap­proved Sky­train in Sur­rey. The may­ors merely sus­pended light rail af­ter more than $50 mil­lion was spent, pend­ing fur­ther study.

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