The B.C. government has announced that construction on the $1.43 billion Evergreen Line is now complete and that the new transit system is set to open on Dec. 2
The Evergreen Line Project is an 11-kilometre extension to the existing SkyTrain system in Metro Vancouver. Evergreen will link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to Vancouver and will be fully integrated into the existing SkyTrain system at Lougheed Town Centre Station. It will carry 70,000 passengers per day by 2021.
When the line opens, Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest fully automated rapid transit system in the world.
“Now that construction is complete, we are handing the reins over to TransLink to do their final preparation and staff training in anticipation of opening day. We are in the home stretch and we’re looking forward to the opening of this critical addition to the region’s transportation network,” says Todd Stone, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
TransLink will launch its public awareness campaign to keep the community and customers aware of opening day activities and timing for the introduction of new and modified bus services.
“The eagerly-awaited Evergreen extension will soon be up and running and will improve transportation in the Metro Vancouver area for residents and visitors alike. Once open, we will have another quick and efficient public transit option, which will ease traffic congestion, reduce GHGs and contribute to the creation of liveable communities in the region,” says Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink.
Funding for the Evergreen Line Project is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of B.C. and TransLink.