Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Peter Fassbender and ministry officials gave a sneak peek tour of the Evergreen Line’s new Burquitlam and Moody Centre stations today, highlighting the innovative designs and features of the two stations.
“The Evergreen Line stations showcase the government’s commitment to this important investment in transit in Metro Vancouver,” says Fassbender. “Key features, such as bike lockers and bus exchanges at both stations, will make transit riders’ daily commute easier and more convenient.”
Burquitlam Station will offer direct bus service to Simon Fraser University from the station, a bus exchange and a passenger pick-up and drop-off area. This station also highlights the transit-related development springing up along the line both residential and commercial.
Moody Centre Station has been designed as a transit hub, serving bus, SkyTrain and West Coast Express passengers. An expanded Park and Ride is also being constructed providing approximately 85 new spots for a total of 400 parking stalls at this station.
The Evergreen Line project is over 80% complete, and the work to finish the line, including the tunnel, is well underway. Once Evergreen is complete, B.C. will have the longest fully automated rapid transit network in the world.
“Evergreen is a complex and innovative project bringing transit opportunities and spurring development along the line,” said Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam. “It is exciting to get a look at the Burquitlam and Moody Centre stations, which feature what a technical marvel the Evergreen line will be once it is finished.”
“The Evergreen Line will bring new opportunities for Burnaby transit users to move around the region,” says MLA for Burnaby North Richard T. Lee. “I look forward to seeing the positive results of this project.”
The elevated and at-grade guideway in Burquitlam, Port Moody and Coquitlam is complete. The station buildings range between 90% and 99% complete. There are seven stations along the project alignment: Lougheed Town Centre Station, Burquitlam Station, Moody Centre Station, Inlet Centre Station, Coquitlam Central Station, Lincoln Station, and Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.
The Evergreen Line project includes the seven stations, the elevated and at-grade guideways, the two-kilometre bored tunnel, seven stations, power substations, train-operating systems and roadworks, as well as a vehicle-storage and light-maintenance facility.
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.
Funding for the Evergreen Line project is a partnership between the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and TransLink, costing $1.43 billion. The Government of Canada is contributing up to $424 million ($350 million from the Building Canada Fund, $67 million from the Public Transit Capital Trust Fund, and $7 million from the P3 Fund), the Government of B.C. is contributing $586 million, and other partners are contributing $21 million. TransLink is contributing the remaining $400 million and will operate the system when it opens.
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