Monday, March 27, 2017

Langley City’s new Downtown Transit Exchange

Back in the fall of 2012, I posted about the planning work that TransLink was doing with the City of Langley and Township of Langley for new transit exchanges at Willowbrook Mall and Downtown Langley.

The future of transit service renewal and expansion was in question during that time period, so I never followed up about the results of that planning work. Times have changed; TransLink’s 10-Year Vision is full-steam ahead.

In Langley City, the current Langley Centre Transit Exchange is in need of renewal. It is also located in a less than ideal location.

Over the last year, I’ve received questions from residents asking about the future of the Langley Centre Transit exchange. Because of its location and age, safety and access is a concern.

The concept plan for the new Downtown Langley Transit Exchange was completed in the fall of 2013. The biggest change for the transit exchange is that it will be relocated to Fraser Highway and an extended 203A Street/Industrial Avenue. The following map shows the location and design elements of the proposed new exchange, plus the proposed new roads to support the exchange.

Downtown Langley Exchange Concept Overview. Select image to enlarge.

This move will place the new transit exchange closer to more residents in Langley City. It will also be in a location with more “eyes and ears” on the street to increase safety. There will be more “eye and ears” on the street as the concept for the new transit exchange includes the requirement to built mixed-use buildings with ground-level retail.

Birds-Eye View of the Transit Exchange - Showing Future Neighbourhood Integration. Select image to enlarge.

While there has been no new news on when this concept will turn into reality. With B-Line service between SkyTrain and Langley City starting up shortly, and rail rapid transit to follow, this concept is closer to reality than it has ever been.

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