Surrey, BC – The Surrey Langley SkyTrain will improve the transportation experience south of the Fraser from Whalley to Langley. But what about Newton? TransLink, the City of Surrey, and the City of Delta have started construction for a new R6 RapidBus service on Scott Road & 72nd – the 5th busiest bus corridor. In addition, back in 2020 the R1 was introduced down KGB and now is the 9th busiest bus route in the GVRD. However, Rapid Bus is not Skytrain.
Philip Aguirre, executive director of the Newton Business Improvement Association (BIA) would like to see the expansion of the dedicated bus lanes down KGB; improving commuting times. The community of Newton has a population of 157,120 and needs more rapid transit improvements today.
Rapid transit is recognized as a key element in supporting urban and economic development in this region. The Newton-King George Boulevard Land Use Plan and the Newton Town Centre Plan continue to support rapid transit connection between Surrey City Centre and Newton. The urban development along a rapid transit corridor such as King George Boulevard would allow for diverse and affordable housing opportunities needed for Surrey.
The rapid transit hub in Newton will facilitate the planning of rapid transit extension to South Surrey and east-west connections to Cloverdale and Scottsdale in Delta supporting the RapidBus development along Scott Road.
If Newton cannot have Skytrain for another 20 years, at the very least we must prioritize the expansion of the dedicated bus lanes on King George Boulevard; connecting Newton and Surrey City Centre.
The Newton Business Improvement Association is a group of approximately 550 businesses and property owners who are passionate about improving the Newton Town Centre. Located in the heart of Surrey on the crossroads of 72 Avenue and King George Boulevard. The Newton BIA was created in 2014, taking a leadership role to revitalize the area. The BIA brings business members, grassroots organizations, community stakeholders and government together with a focus on the four pillars of Safety, Area Enhancement, Marketing/Events and Government Relations.
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