A conceptual plan of the new Willowbrook proposed bus loop which was unanimously endorsed by Township council at a meeting earlier this month.

The 100-year transit plan

Township council gets first look at new home for transit buses

The future of public transit in Langley lies just to the west of the Willowbrook Shopping Centre, in the parking lot near the new Target store.

That is where a new bus loop is proposed, and eventually where a rapid transit line from Surrey is expected to go.

By then, the shopping centre will not resemble the current mix of big-box outlet stores and small boutique shops.

It will be redeveloped as a mix of residential and retail, with underground parking and a web of new streets.

The “100-year-plus” vision was unveiled at the Monday, July 8 meeting of Township council during a joint presentation by municipal planners and the TransLink authority.

It calls for replacing the current main transit bus exchange near the Cascades Casino in Langley City with two new bus loops, one in the City and one at the Willowbrook site.

The Willowbrook location was chosen because it lines up with the Fraser Highway that will, one day, run rapid transit trains when TransLink is able to extend the SkyTrain line that currently ends in Surrey.

Negotiations are underway with the owners of the Willowbrook Shopping Centre to have some buses moved to the Fraser Highway site in the “near term,” council was told.

The location of the proposed new Langley City bus loop was not disclosed.

Council unanimously endorsed the conceptual plan.

“I’m not sure I’ll be around to see it completed,” Councillor Michelle Sparrow noted.

“I do hope we are around,” Mayor Jack Froese said.

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