Surrey Central Station
|Address||10277 135 Street, Surrey, BC|
|Opened||March 28, 1994|
|Owned by||BC Transit, TransLink|
Surrey Central Station is located in downtown Surrey just east of the North Surrey Recreation Centre and near to the Central City Shopping Centre (formerly Surrey Place Mall) and the Surrey Campus of Simon Fraser University. A live webcam of the station has been set up across the street at eSecureData.com Inc.
Surrey Central Station was one of three new stations opened on March 28, 1994 when the Expo Line was extended into downtown Surrey. The name "Surrey Central" was given after an ad was placed in the local paper calling to residents in coming up with an appropriate name. Winners received a City of Surrey mug, a letter of thanks, and a T-Shirt with a vision of Surrey on the front of it. Previous to the SkyTrain, "Surrey Central" was a bus loop known as "Whalley Exchange" as the area was and is still commonly known today as "Whalley".
Over the years, the area has earned itself a reputation for being unsafe and as a centre for crime, both for violence and drug trafficking. Officers from both the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority Police Service, and Transit Security Department can be found patrolling the bus loop and SkyTrain platform, in an effort to reduce crime and disorder. Surrey RCMP also make occasional patrols of the Station.
In an effort to combat the station's rundown image, and to show off experimental urban design, the City of Surrey and TransLink agreed to have Surrey Central Station participate in the GVTA's Urban Transit Village program. The Transit Villages are defined by TransLink as "a new approach to station design and access." While the original schedule called for construction to be completed by Spring of 2007, nothing beyond design plans have been completed. The Surrey Central plan specifically called for four improvements on Stations Access, Streets, King George Boulevard, and Land Use.
Surrey Central Station is a connection point for twenty-one TransLink bus routes that service Surrey, White Rock, North Delta, Ladner, Tsawwassen, and Langley, the highest number of any connection point in the system.
- Bus bay assignments;
- 1 - Unloading
- 2 - 320 Langley Centre/Fleetwood
- 3 - 332 Guildford, 335 Fleetwood
- 4 - 501 Langley Centre, 509 Walnut Grove, 590 Langley South, N19 Downtown
- 5 - 323 Newton Exchange, 324 Newton Exchange
- 6 - C71 Scott Road Station, C73 Guildford
- 7 - 325 Newton Exchange, 393 Newton Exchange
- 8 - 316 Scottsdale, 326 Guildford
- 9 - 321 New Westminster Station (Sunday and Holiday service only, before Sky Train operates)
- 10 - 321 Newton Exchange/White Rock Centre/White Rock South
- 11 - 395 Willowbrook, 502 Langley Centre/Aldergrove/Brookswood
- 12 - 337 Fraser Heights, Express
- 13 - 314 Scott and 96th Avenue, 314 Scott Road Station, 329 Scottsdale
- 14 - 96 Guildford/Newton