Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced this morning $1.3 billion in federal funding for the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain, an extension of the Expo Line from Surrey City Centre to Langley Centre in a single phase.ADVERTISEMENT
“Places south of the Fraser River like Surrey and Langley are growing fast and have been for years. With more families choosing this as home, the demand for good and efficient transit has gone up,” said Trudeau during the press conference held at Surrey Civic Hall.
“Investing in a major project like the Surrey-SkyTrain extension is also good for the economy. Today’s project alone is expected to create thousands of well-paying jobs, so we’re cutting pollution and creating jobs for the people of BC.”
BC Premier John Horgan said the SkyTrain extension will allow Surrey and Langley to “not to chase growth, but to shape growth.”
The provincial government has taken over jurisdiction of the Surrey-Langley SkyTrain project from TransLink, and will now lead in its design, procurement, and implementation. Preliminary construction work will begin next week, on Tuesday, starting with utilities relocation and land clearing.
During last fall’s provincial election campaign, Horgan promised to expedite the project as a single phase to Langley Centre — instead of two separate stages, with the first stage only reaching Fleetwood — by bringing it under the fold of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Major construction is expected to begin late next year for a completion in the middle of this decade. About 3,000 jobs will be created by the construction process. This means Metro Vancouver will have two simultaneous, partially-overlapping SkyTrain construction projects, with construction on the Millennium Line Broadway Extension now underway for a 2025 opening.