South of the Fraser

Learn about the the Mayors’ Council vision for transportation South of the Fraser.

City of Surrey

Pattullo Bridge photo courtesy of gord99/flickr

Surrey is one of the fastest growing regions in Metro Vancouver, with an expected population growth of 200,000 people over the next 15 years. It is in the process of developing and improving Surrey City Centre, including expansion of the Simon Fraser University-Surrey Campus and Surrey Memorial Hospital, a new Performing Arts Centre, a new City Hall, and more. Surrey knows the benefits of rapid transit, thanks to the Skytrain’s Expo Line stopping at four stations in Surrey, and is eager for a Light Rail Transit system that would tighten links with Guilford, Langley, Newton, and South Surrey. The LRT would focus on moving Surrey residents around their region faster, rather than out of the area, across the Pattullo or Port Mann bridges, into Vancouver’s downtown which is the focus of the current transportation system. The Pattullo Bridge is subject to high rates of congestion, which have been exasperated by the decision to toll the Port Mann Bridge. Another area of high congestion in Surrey is along 88th Avenue, especially at the King George intersection, which is in the process of becoming a traffic corridor as opposed to a residential street.

The Corporation of Delta (North Delta and South Delta)*

Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal photo courtesy of theryn/flickr

Delta is home to nearly 100,ooo people. A little over half of the population resides in North Delta (approximately 52,000) and the area is growing in population and development  proposals. North Delta has three main bus routes that connect to Bridgeport Station of the Canada Line. North Delta suffers significant congestion on the routes that feed into the Alex Fraser and Pattullo Bridges. The new South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR) stretches between South Delta and Surrey. Connecting with Highway 99, the Alex Fraser Bridge, the George Massey Tunnel, and the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, SFPR relieves traffic previously absorbed by residential roads in North Delta. In answer to high congestion during peak hours, an interchange has been proposed for the intersection of 72nd Avenue and Highway 91.

South Delta is the umbrella term used for TsawwassenLadner, and the Tsawwassen First Nation treaty lands. Ladner and Tsawwassen public transit is provided by community shuttle bus routes. Tsawwassen provides the sole land access to Point Roberts, WA and direct ferry access to Victoria (the provincial capital) and the Southern Gulf Islands. Tsawwassen is also home to the Deltaport, which is the Port Metro Vancouver‘s largest container terminal, and is the largest coal export facility in Canada. Recent retail development on the north side of Highway 17, scheduled to be completed in 2016, is expected to create thousands of new jobs during construction of the two shopping malls, as well as increase the amount of traffic in this area, upon completion.

*The distinction between North and South Delta reflects official national and provincial electoral boundaries, but also in terms of connectivity; South Delta’s transit connections are better with Richmond than with North Delta, even though they fall within the same municipality.

City and Township of Langley (Langley)

Carvolth Exchange, Langley photo courtesy of dennistt/flickr

The City of Langley and Township of Langley have a combined population of 129,258. Langley is served by several community shuttle bus routes as well as four bus lines that directly connect to the SkyTrain. The City of Langley is in the process of updating its Master Transportation Plan to focus on cycling, walking, and transit, in addition to improvements to the road network. Agriculture and farming play a large role in the economies of these communities. Over 75% of the region is situated on BC’s Agricultural Land Reserve, which is the root of over 60% percent of trips made within Langley.

City of White Rock (White Rock)

Bus line 351 in White Rock photo courtesy of dennistt/flickr

White Rock is known for its 8 km long White Rock Beach and for being a 5-minute drive from the US border crossing. Given the city’s significant population of retirees, the Peace Arch Hospital is the largest employer in White Rock, but primarily summer tourists who are enticed by the beach drive the economy. Of the city’s 18,250 residents, only 21% of those who are gainfully employed work in White Rock; most commute to other regions of Metro Vancouver, especially Surrey. White Rock does not have any direct access to skytrain stations, but does have a bus loop/Park and Ride with connections to the Canada Line.

FAST FACTS

  • This region  has 4 Skytrain stations along the Expo Line, 10 bus loops and over 30 bus routes
  • TransLink surveys Metro Vancouver residents by having them fill out trip diaries. The most recent survey analysis of 2011, showed:
    • The vast majority of South of the Fraser trips were by personal vehicles (as driver or passenger) and the average trip ranged from 8 km to 13 km in length
    • Less than 10% of trips were made by public transit for an average distance ranging between 12.6 km and 33.2 km
  • The Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Improvement Project is expected to save one hour of time for a round trip between Langley to Burnaby
  • The replacement of the George Massey Tunnel with a new bridge is scheduled to begin in 2017
  • Boundary Bay Airport is located in Ladner
  • The South of Fraser Area Transit Plan was developed in 2008 following two years of public and stakeholder consultation

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