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Newton hub will outstrip transit: TransLink

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

Plans for a commercial hub in Newton. (SUBMITTED)

Plans for a commercial hub in Newton. (SUBMITTED)

Plans to turn an industrially zoned area along 80th Avenue in Surrey into a commercial hub will produce traffic that far outstrips transit service, according to TransLink.


The area in question has been dubbed the Central Newton Cultural Commercial District area. It’s an 8.5-hectare piece of land positioned on the north side of 128th Street and 80th Avenue.

It’s home to commercial businesses at the Payal and York business centres — despite its current industrial zoning — and there’s demand for more, according to City of Surrey reports.

TransLink, however, is worried about the implications of an approval.

“The proposal would locate a potentially significant amount of retail and employment land use outside of Surrey’s designated urban centres, contrary to both Metro and TransLink policies,” said Marcella Szel in an earlier letter.

Transit at 15-minute peak intervals services 128th Street with a stop at 80th Avenue. But there is no current service at 80th Avenue, “and TransLink has no current plans for future service on this corridor.”

Surrey Coun. Barinder Rasode said on Monday the Newton area is part of the city’s long-term transportation plan and the transit provider needs to step up.

“They will not increase service until there’s a population base that needs that service, so it’s the fundamental argument of putting the cart before the horse,” she said.

“I would compel TransLink to be responsive to those needs, make sure they are working with us to make sure proper transit is there as we’re building.”


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