Surrey City Hall. (File photo)

Surrey, Vancouver shortlisted in $50 million traffic infrastructure competition

Joint submission to implement nation’s first “collision-free corridors” using driver-less vehicles

Surrey and Vancouver are on the shortlist for $50 million in funding through the Infrastructure Canada Smart Cities Challenge for their joint submission to implement the nation’s first pair of “collision-free corridors” using driver-less vehicles.

There were 199 applicants from across the county and out of 16 submissions in Surrey’s and Vancouver’s category, they made the top five.

“We will receive $250,000, jointly, Vancouver and Surrey to split, from which we will be looking to see which partners are going to help us move forward at the next stage of the application,” Sean Simpson, Surrey’s director of information technology, told the Now-Leader. The next step of the application is due next winter. “They haven’t said whether it’s November or December, we’re not sure.”

“They will announce next spring who is the winner of the $50 million is in our category, which is the 500,000 and over, population size.”

The Vancouver corridor extends from Granville Island to Science World but Surrey’s is under wraps.

“We haven’t identified where, we have candidates, that’s what the next phase will flesh out,” Simpson said. “We don’t want to be naming at this time where those corridors are.”

READ ALSO: High gas prices prompt most British Columbians to drive less: poll

READ ALSO ZYTARUK: Road pricing is reprehensible

Simpson also declined to say if they’re looking at north or south Surrey. “All we’re saying at this time is it’s connecting with existing transit hubs; we’ll be looking at connecting key facilities and really looking where we can have the greatest impact on moving people through a corridor whether it’s in a car, bus, walking or cycling.

“This has nothing to do with LRT. This is a separate project. This is a federal challenge. We will be seeking partners in this, and TransLink runs public transportation, right, so we’ll be seeking partnerships.”

How does Surrey and Vancouver propose to achieve these “collision-free” corridors?

“Well, that’s what the challenge is and that’s what we’ll be working towards with our partners, to reduce the incidence of collisions between all different modes,” Simpson said. “Collisions aren’t just between cars — more often than not, the collisions are between cars and pedestrians.”

Simpson said there are no figures yet available as to how many driver-less vehicles will potentially be motoring around in Surrey. “That’s a provincial mandate about when they decide to let autonomous, so we’ll be working with the province on that legislation,” he said.

Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner said Surrey and Vancouver “hope to demonstrate the path to safer, healthier and more connected communities while reducing emissions, improving transportation efficiency and enhancing livability in the face of rapid growth and traffic congestion.”



tom.zytaruk@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

New West mayor says Surrey won’t be left out in transit 10-year plan

Jonathan Cote one of two speakers at luncheon focusing on transportation, land use planning

UPDATE: Missing Surrey snowshoer found dead on Mt. Seymour

North Shore Rescue resumed its search today after efforts were temporarily halted Tuesday due to snowstorm

UPDATE: Woman, off-duty cop in critical condition after stabbing outside North Delta elementary school

The officer was intervening in an alleged assault outside of Immaculate Conception School when he and the woman were stabbed

Suspect charged after four Surrey banks were robbed in just four hours

Financial institutions in North Surrey targeted on Feb. 12

Surrey says WorkSafeBC should be in charge of asbestos abatement

City staff say WorkSafeBC has ‘greater knowledge, experience and expertise’ concerning asbestos

VIDEO: Nail-biter game against Germany tonight earns Langley’s Team Canada a win

Langley’s Team Tardi is 5-2 at the junior curling worlds in Nova Scotia, hoping to defend their title

Ontario man accused of killing 11-year-old daughter dies in hospital, police say

Roopesh Rajkumar had been hospitalized with what police described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Manitoba ‘pauses’ link with ex-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell after allegations

Campbell had been hired to review two major hydro projects

Heritage minute features Japanese-Canadian baseball team, internment

The Vancouver Asahi baseball team won various championships across the Pacific Northwest

$10-a-day child care not in 2019 budget, but advocate not irked

Sharon Gregson with the Coalition of Child Care Advocates of B.C. says NDP on track to deliver promise

B.C. Seniors Advocate questions labour shortage in care homes

Are there really no workers, or are care aide wages too low?

B.C. business groups worry about looming economic decline in wake of NDP budget

The party’s second government budget focused on plenty of spending, business advocates say

Man injured in police shooting near Nelson has died: B.C. police watchdog

The death follows an incident in Bonnington on Feb. 13

Experts urge caution after 10 human-triggered avalanches across B.C.

One man is still stuck after avalanche on south coast

Most Read