Originally Posted by fever
Why use the Hydro ROW? If it goes along 104th to King George, then there would be a more direct transfer from Guildford to the Expo line westbound. The LRT stop would be just south of 103rd on King George, and the transfer would be a 150-m walk to Surrey Central through what will eventually be Surrey's pedestrian-friendly centre. The Hydro ROW bypasses Surrey's core-to-be by 800 m, and never comes within walking distance.
Correct, sorry I was unclear. If they chose Skytrain Technology and wanted to go down 104th, this would be a Skytrain extension which goes up the Hydro ROW. It would be at-grade along the ROW to save money, but obviously elevated or cut n' cover along 104th.
Obviously if it was LRT along 104th, it would make more sense to connect at Surrey Central, or as near as possible and then continue south to Newton in big "L" reserving the Skytrain for a future "possible" extension down Fraser Hwy terminating around 168th unless density at that time warrants anything more.
This would give Surrey a two tiered transit route, a rapid route that cuts diagonal and a feeder LRT line that runs along 104th and King George Hwy.
Light rail would likely go straight down the middle of the street. 104th has a suicide lane/left turn lane down the middle that you could expect would disappear. The street might also be widened a few feet, or it might be reduced to two lanes in one direction, and one lane in the other. I'm not sure if that's necessary, though.
Yep, this makes sense. Due to Surrey's large block size, LRT may be a very practical choice. A few key intersections could be fly-unders. Definitely the major arterials (KGH and 152nd) and perhaps 140th and 148th.
Left turns only permitted on major blocks roads (140, 144, 148, 150?, 152) which are approximately every 800m. (officially blocks were built to ~1/2 mi.)
Also, an LRT to Newton has a MUCH better chance of getting extended to White Rock, given that you have a large swath of agricultural land perfect for LRT south of 56th Ave. (or even south of 62nd, really)