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SURREY
RAPID TRANSIT
  PROPOSAL
  by Paul Hillsdon
PROPOSAL




• TheCity of Surrey launch, within the TransLink framework, a
 P3-based innovative bus rapid transit network
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,
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
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
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.
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
BRT SUCCESS
                LA ORANGE LINE
• Full   separated busway

• 30% ridership increase
 - 27,000/day

• 17%    new riders

• 14% previously drove
 alone
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
BRT SUCCESS
        VANCOUVER 99 B-LINE

• Ridership
          was 30%
 above projections in
 1996

• Now   serving 43,000/day

• 20%   former drivers
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
BRT SUCCESS
             YORK REGION VIVA

• Close   to 1M residents

• 65% population growth
 in 20 years

• Imminent   gridlock!
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
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
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
THE PROPOSAL


•7 BRT-lite routes across the
 South Fraser region (Surrey,
 North Delta, White Rock,
 Langleys), based on the York
 Region VIVA P3
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
HABITABLE AREA




  ALR & Green Zone
EMPLOYMENT CENTRES




Commercial zones   Industrial zones
10 MIN WALKING ZONE




Major stations (blue)   Minor stops (purple)
THE SURREY CONTEXT

• BRT   on major arterials
• Regional   system
• Connects    all six town centres
• Opens     up Crescent Beach
• Transit
      for Grandview &
 Campbell Heights
BRT-LITE?


• Buses operate in mixed traffic
 with traffic signal priority and
 queue jumpers where possible
COST ESTIMATE


•@ 0.32M/km (costs of Waterloo
 iXpress, Halifax MetroLink, LA
 Metro Rapid)

• 37.8Mtotal for 7 lines across 5
 municipalities
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

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Surrey Bus Rapid Transit Proposal

  • 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
  • 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