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SkyTrain extension will cost $3.94B to build

SkyTrain extension will cost $3.94B to build
PROVINCE OF B.C. - A SkyTrain car passes above Surrey’s Holland Park. The province plans to extend the system out to Langley.

LANGLEY, B.C. – The Surrey Langley SkyTrain project has an official price tag.

B.C. officials announced the business case estimate for the capital cost is $3.94 billion, including $2.4 billion for the province’s share of the project and $1.3 billion from the federal government, with the remainder coming from local government.

Work on the project has already started, including utility relocations and road widening. With the business case approved and funding in place, the procurement process for major construction is expected to begin this summer.

The project’s scope includes eight new stations and three new bus exchanges, and, once complete, the travel time from Langley City Centre to King George SkyTrain Station in Surrey will be approximately 22 minutes.

The business case estimate for the total cost of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain is $4.01 billion, which includes capital costs and active transportation investments.

To further these opportunities, the province, TransLink, the City of Surrey, the City of Langley and the Township of Langley have agreed to collaborate on policies and initiatives to increase density and establish targets for transit-oriented development. This includes commitments by local governments to explore and implement more efficient and effective approval processes for developments along the new corridor.

The development of housing and amenities for the Surrey Langley SkyTrain will also be shaped by recent changes to the Transportation Act (Bill 16) that were passed during the spring 2022 legislative session. Bill 16 enables the province to acquire land to build housing and community amenities that are integrated into transit stations or exchanges.

Surrey Langley SkyTrain will be built under a community benefits agreement designed to provide opportunities for locals, Indigenous people, women and other underrepresented groups that are interested in starting or furthering careers in construction.

Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp) is leading the delivery of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. TI Corp will provide the controls and other oversight.

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