The provincial government has released the business case for the first rapid-transit project south of the Fraser River in 30 years.
The business-case estimate for the total capital cost of Surrey Langley SkyTrain is $3.94 billion, including $2.4 billion for the Province’s share of the project, $1.3 billion from the federal government and the remainder coming from local government.
The business case estimate for the total cost of Surrey Langley SkyTrain is $4.01 billion, which includes $3.94 billion in capital cost, $11 million for planning and $60 million in active transportation investments along or near the Fraser Highway.
The business case has also confirmed the project will be done two years earlier than previously planned, opening in 2028 and going all the way to Langley.
The line includes eight new stations and three new bus exchanges. Once completed, the travel time from Langley City Centre to King George SkyTrain Station will be about 22 minutes.
Surrey Langley SkyTrain will be delivered through three different sub-contracts. This approach will increase bid competition and enable a greater number of local companies to bid on different elements of the project.
- The first contract will be for the SkyTrain guideway (substructure and superstructure), including active transportation elements. Procurement will begin with a request for qualifications in August.
- The second contract will be for station construction, including active transportation elements, such as cycling and walking paths, that will integrate into the project. Procurement for this contract is expected to begin in the fall.
- The third contract will be for the electrical systems, including integration and the SkyTrain track. Procurement for this contract is expected to begin as early as December.
Major construction is expected to begin in 2024, with the Surrey Langley SkyTrain in operation in late 2028.
Redactions to the business case are made independently by the professional public service to protect the interests of taxpayers.
By redacting sensitive information that could influence bids, government is ensuring integrity in the procurement process and the best value for money for the people of B.C.
The Surrey Langley SkyTrain is one of many significant transportation investments in the Lower Mainland that is improving mobility throughout the region, particularly south of the Fraser River.
Other projects include:
- Work on the Highway 99 Tunnel Program is underway ahead of replacing the George Massey Tunnel with a new toll-free, eight-lane tunnel.
- Construction of a toll-free replacement for the Pattullo Bridge is underway and will be in service in 2024.
- Work on the Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project will make travel more efficient on those highways, as well as improving access to the Alex Fraser Bridge.