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Surrey Transportation Plan

Shaping Our Transportation Future

Surrey is a dynamic city that is growing quickly. A new Transportation Plan is needed to address continued growth, and transportation changes both within the City and regionally. The new Surrey Transportation Plan will include a long-range vision, articulate a decision-making framework and identify transportation priorities for the next 10 years.

Transportation impacts our daily lives. While a new Surrey Transportation Plan is important, the process of how it is developed is also important. Our goal is to bring residents, stakeholders and key partners together so we can understand the transportation problems we currently face and – together – develop a strategy for the future.

We need your ideas, insights and perspectives to build a bold, new approach. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we connect with each other at all levels. There are many unknowns around in-person engagement, so the initial phases of this engagement process will be online.

About the Plan

The City’s current Transportation Plan was developed in 2008, and since then a lot has changed. We are developing a new Surrey Transportation Plan focused on addressing the climate crisis, prioritizing safety, balancing equity and leveraging new technology.

The plan is being developed over the next 16 months, with completion anticipated the end of 2021. When complete it will:

  • Identify a long-range transportation vision for the City of Surrey beyond 2050.
  • Deliver action plans with key objectives, projects, and initiatives for the next 10 years.
  • Develop a framework for how to prioritize future transportation investments.
  • Identify baseline metrics to measure progress towards the long-range vision.

By working together, challenging old ideas and being creative, we can face our transportation future head-on and achieve Surrey’s vision of a thriving, green, inclusive city. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the transportation choices we make have a direct impact on congestion, emissions and air quality. Our choices involve trade-offs and have consequences, so we are committed to making choices that lead to safer, cleaner and more equitable transportation for everyone.

Pillars

The Surrey Transportation Plan will be a regularly referenced document within the City to help with ongoing transportation planning. Outside the City, it will play an important role in communicating and engaging partners and other levels of government.

The plan is based on 5 Pillars:

  1. Grow the transportation network
  2. Prioritize human life above all else
  3. Tackle the Climate Crisis
  4. Innovate through Technology and New Mobility
  5. Balance Equity

Process & Timeline

From late August 2020 to Fall 2021, City staff will be working with the community to gather ideas and seek feedback that will help shape the new Surrey Transportation Plan. Individuals, businesses and stakeholder groups are welcome and encouraged to share their comments and ideas around how to plan for a vibrant future together.

Engagement opportunities will include:

  • virtual open houses,
  • online survey,
  • virtual key stakeholder interviews,
  • virtual focus groups, and
  • if it’s safe to do so, in-person community and stakeholder workshops.

We want to listen and learn from our community and stakeholders who are going to live the solution so we can make sure the plan fits our needs and sets us up for long-term success. By working together, challenging old ideas and being creative, we can face our transportation future head-on and achieve Surrey’s vision of a thriving, green, inclusive city.

The public engagement process and plan development will be completed in the Fall of 2021. A corporate report outlining this project was presented to Council on February 24, 2020.

Timeline

Fall 2020 ⇔ WE ARE HERE

Phase 1 - Sharing Information, Defining the Context & Building Excitement

This phase will focus on sharing information about key elements of the Transportation Plan, the project goals, timelines and opportunities to participate. It will aim to provide opportunities for stakeholders to learn about the tradeoffs related to various policy and infrastructure choices. We want to share information about innovation and emerging technologies that can help to shape our transportation future.

Fall 2020

Phase 2 - Community Values & Current Surrey Experiences

This phase will focus on engaging the community and stakeholders on understanding what’s important to them – i.e. the opportunities and challenges they face related to transportation, and how they define success moving forward.

Spring 2021

Phase 3 - Feedback on Potential Key Approaches

This phase will seek to engage the community and stakeholders on key elements that could form the draft Transportation Plan. Through this process, participants will be shown the tradeoffs and asked to provide feedback on the draft plan elements that staff and other subject matter experts develop based on what they learned in Phase 2.

Fall 2021

Phase 4 - Refinement & Confirmation

This phase will be the final engagement phase and will focus on receiving feedback on the final draft Transportation Plan. This is the final stage for refinement and minor modifications prior to the plan going to Council for decision.

Resources

  • 2008 Transportation Plan
  • New Transportation Plan Backgrounder
  • Transportation Myth-Busting FAQs

Contact

For more information, please contact transportation@surrey.ca.

 

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