Evergreen Extension Officially Open to the Public
December 2, 2016 – Coquitlam, British Columbia
The Evergreen extension, which will bring reliable rapid transit service between Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby, was officially opened today by B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and representatives of the project’s partners.
Construction of the Evergreen extension, its stations and public plazas created an estimated 8,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction. The project is now complete and the trains are ready to start taking passengers at noon today. The opening celebration at Coquitlam Central Station was launched with an inaugural ride by the representatives of the project’s partners along the Evergreen extension.
Round-the-clock efforts by people involved in many aspects of the project allowed for the Evergreen extension to open under budget. The $1.43 billion project has been delivered between $70 million and $85 million under the budget set in 2008. The extension will carry 70,000 people per day by 2021, reducing traffic congestion in the rapidly growing cities of Coquitlam, Port Moody and Burnaby.
The Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and TransLink funded the Evergreen extension Project. Now that construction is complete, TransLink will be responsible for operating the extension.
"The completion of the greatly anticipated Evergreen extension has been made possible by the efforts of so many people, and seeing the trains go into service today is good news for the province of B.C. By adding Evergreen to Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system, we’re able to provide transit riders with more travel options and get people to their destination faster. This demonstrates our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for British Columbians."
The Honourable Christy Clark
Premier of British Columbia
"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in infrastructure that helps grow the middle class by getting them to the services and opportunities they need to thrive, while reducing traffic congestion and encouraging low-carbon transportation. Congratulations to all who worked on this project for a job well done – you have contributed to a safe, efficient and reliable system for your family, friends, and visitors to our community."
Member of Parliament for Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I’m grateful to everyone who worked so hard to deliver this vital transportation project on budget and have it ready today. Investing in transit is a key priority of B.C. on the Move, our 10-year transportation plan, and Evergreen will help to reduce traffic congestion and connect more people to transit, giving them better access to the places they want to go."
The Honourable Todd Stone
British Columbia Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
"The addition of the Evergreen extension will have a tremendous impact on the development of liveable communities. With the inclusion of another quick, reliable and sustainable method of public transportation in the region, more people can leave their vehicles behind, resulting in greater health benefits through less congested roads and better air quality."
The Honourable Peter Fassbender
British Columbia Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink
"The Evergreen Line extension is an important part of the Lower Mainland’s transit network. By connecting the Tri-Cities communities to the rest of the Metro Vancouver SkyTrain system, Evergreen makes our transit network more integrated and provides faster and more convenient for commuters."
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Port Moody-Coquitlam
"We are thrilled that the Evergreen extension is opening today – it is a significant milestone for our customers. The faster and more frequent service we can now offer provides more transportation choices and will help reduce road congestion and foster economic growth in the Northeast Sector. To ensure a smooth transition for customers, our outreach teams will continue to be out on the system today and for the next week."
Kevin Desmond, CEO
- The 11 kilometre Evergreen extension runs fully separated from traffic. With seven stations that include bus connections, parking (Moody Centre, Coquitlam Central and Lafarge Lake-Douglas stations) and bicycle facilities, this is a significant new link to Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system.
- Evergreen will provide frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam City Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in about 15 minutes.
- With the Evergreen extension now open to the public, Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system is the longest fully-automated and driverless rapid transit system in the world.
Stephen Smart, Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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