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Surrey Bus Rapid Transit Proposal

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    • 1. SURREY RAPID TRANSIT PROPOSAL by Paul Hillsdon
    • 2. PROPOSAL • TheCity of Surrey launch, within the TransLink framework, a P3-based innovative bus rapid transit network
    • 3. RATIONALE • Traffic congestion is increasingly reducing the overall economic, environmental, and social sustainability of Surrey, • There is a lack of viable transport alternatives to the car in the City, • TransLink lacks the financial resources required to provide the substantial transit expansion required,
    • 4. RATIONALE • Public-private partnerships have, in some cases, proven their capacity to provide a quality product, while reducing capital cost to the public partner • Buseshave a poor image and currently lack the brand required to create a significant modal shift to transit, despite modest service improvements
    • 5. RATIONALE • Bus rapid transit (BRT) has become recognized worldwide for providing a level of service that will attract a major modal shift, with low capital costs, and also build the ridership required for rail systems
    • 6. WHAT IS BRT? • Frequent service - 5 mins @ peak, 10 @ day, 15 @ night • Express service - stops only at major intersections • Higher capacity - can use accordion or double decker buses • Distinctive, high quality bus “stations” • Real time arrival signs at stations and onboard • Off board fare collection - speeds up boarding • Priority on the road - queue jumpers, signal extension, etc.
    • 7. BRT SUCCESS NEW YORK SELECT BUS • BRT with bus lanes • 30% ridership increase - 32,000/day • 20% time savings • 10% new riders • 98% satisfied or very satisfied
    • 8. BRT SUCCESS LA ORANGE LINE • Full separated busway • 30% ridership increase - 27,000/day • 17% new riders • 14% previously drove alone
    • 9. BRT SUCCESS LA METRO RAPID • Frequent service on major arterials with signal priority • 38% average ridership increase (Ventura Corridor) • 29%time savings (Ventura Corridor) • 33% new riders
    • 10. BRT SUCCESS VANCOUVER 99 B-LINE • Ridership was 30% above projections in 1996 • Now serving 43,000/day • 20% former drivers
    • 11. BRT SUCCESS VANCOUVER 98 B-LINE • Ridership went from 14,000/day in 2001 to 34,000/day in 2008 • 41% increased ridership over route’s lifespan • 23% former drivers
    • 12. BRT SUCCESS YORK REGION VIVA • Close to 1M residents • 65% population growth in 20 years • Imminent gridlock!
    • 13. BRT SUCCESS YORK REGION VIVA • P3model created with Veolia Transport • Goal to increase transit ridership from 9% to 25% • Developed 20 year, 3 phase rapid transit plan
    • 14. BRT SUCCESS YORK REGION VIVA • Phase1 - BRT lite - launched September 2005 •5 viva lines with queue jumpers, signal priority • Modern vehicles with WiFi, high back seats, tables, onboard TV • Top-notch marketing campaign, high quality customer relations
    • 15. BRT SUCCESS YORK REGION VIVA • 34% increase in ridership - 25,000/day • 80% public awareness of system • Phase2 to begin - Rapidways + subway extensions into York region • Phase 3 - Conversion of Rapidways to Light Rail
    • 16. THE PROPOSAL •7 BRT-lite routes across the South Fraser region (Surrey, North Delta, White Rock, Langleys), based on the York Region VIVA P3
    • 17. LINES • Red - King George and 104 Ave • Blue - 152 St • Purple - Fraser Highway • Green - Scott Road and 72 Ave • Orange - 64 Ave • Pink - 200 St • Yellow - 200 St and 24 Ave
    • 18. HABITABLE AREA ALR & Green Zone
    • 19. EMPLOYMENT CENTRES Commercial zones Industrial zones
    • 20. 10 MIN WALKING ZONE Major stations (blue) Minor stops (purple)
    • 21. THE SURREY CONTEXT • BRT on major arterials • Regional system • Connects all six town centres • Opens up Crescent Beach • Transit for Grandview & Campbell Heights
    • 22. BRT-LITE? • Buses operate in mixed traffic with traffic signal priority and queue jumpers where possible
    • 23. COST ESTIMATE •@ 0.32M/km (costs of Waterloo iXpress, Halifax MetroLink, LA Metro Rapid) • 37.8Mtotal for 7 lines across 5 municipalities
    • 24. EXPECTED RESULT • New rapid transit access to hundreds of thousands • Relatively small capital costs, reduced through P3 model • 30% ridership increase (@10.9% as of 2006) • About 20% riders will come from cars • Reduced congestion, improved quality of life • Competitive alternative to the car providing real choice