When the Surrey LRT is completed, the #96 B-Line from Surrey Central to Newton Exchange will no longer be necessary, but modifying the B-Line to run all the way to White Rock from Newton would make perfect sense.
Newton to White Rock B-Line
From Newton, this B-Line would start where the future Surrey LRT ends. It will pick and deliver commuters from South Surrey and White Rock heading towards North Surrey. Transfers to the planned North Delta B-Line would be made at Newton as well.
Further south, the B-Line would run through some semi-rural parts of Surrey before it reaches the parts of King George Highway south of Highway 99. There are businesses that line the whole length of King George Highway in South Surrey. These are mostly strip malls, but a B-Line could bring new businesses.
In South Surrey and White Rock, we find Semiahmoo Shopping Centre, Peace Arch Hospital, and one of the largest collection of senior citizens in the region. A B-Line would hopefully give more quick, frequent, and reliable access to North Surrey.
Estimated capital costs are $3.7 million and annual operating costs would be $1.9 million. These costs are probably the lowest of all the 11 planned B-Line routes in the Mayor’s Council plan.
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