(FAQs)frequently asked questions
The Evergreen Line will run north from Lougheed Town Centre Station on an elevated guideway along the centre of North Road. Burquitlam Station will be on the east side of Clarke Road near Burquitlam Plaza. Leaving Burquitlam Station, the line will cross to the west side of Clarke Road, before entering a tunnel towards Port Moody.
- Port Moody
The Evergreen Line will emerge from the tunnel just east of Barnet Highway. It will travel at ground level along the south side of the Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) tracks to Moody Centre Station, located at the Port Moody transit exchange site. Continuing east, the line will cross the CPR tracks just before Inlet Centre Station, located north of Barnet Highway.
The line will continue along the north side of the CPR tracks towards Coquitlam Central Station, located at the Coquitlam transit exchange site. Turning north, the line will run on an elevated guideway along the west side of Pinetree Way to Lincoln Station. It will then cross to the east side near Northern Avenue, before ending at Lafarge Lake – Douglas Station, north of Guildford Way.
Evergreen Line Project Status and Cost
- Capital costs for the Evergreen Line are estimated at $1.43 billion.
- The Province is contributing $586 million
- The federal contribution is $424 million
- TransLink is contributing $400 million
- EGRT Construction, a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin, has been awarded the contract to design, build and finance the Evergreen Line. EGRT Construction was selected to carry out the final design and construction of the Evergreen Line after a rigorous competitive selection process.
- EGRT Construction includes SNC-Lavalin Inc., Graham Building Services, International Bridge Technologies Inc., Jacobs Associates Canada Corporation, Rizzani de Eccher Inc., S.E.L.I. Canada Inc., SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc., SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Western) Inc., and MMM Group Ltd.
- Yes. Owners and occupants of properties required for the construction of the Evergreen Line have already been contacted. If you wish to speak to a representative about your property, please call the Evergreen Line Project Office at: 604-927-4452.
Evergreen Line Construction
- A key goal of the Evergreen Line Project is to minimize impacts during construction. The Evergreen Line Project is committed to open two-way communication with potentially impacted businesses in the commercial areas of Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam. A Business Liaison Program has been established by the Evergreen Line Project Team to liaise with corridor businesses throughout the Project.
- Ensuring effective traffic management during construction is a priority for the Evergreen Line Project.
- A traffic management plan will be developed with input from stakeholders, and will outline construction hours of work and strategies to minimize disruption and maximize traffic flow predictability for travelers.
- The Evergreen Line Project underwent an Environmental Assessment Review under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA). The Environmental Assessment (EA) includes a full review of potential project-related impacts and proposed mitigation measures and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure must obtain an Environmental Assessment Certificate (EAC) before the Project can proceed.
- The Environmental Assessment Application outlines the significant social, economic and environmental benefits of the Evergreen Line Project, as well as construction and operational impacts for certain residents and businesses.
- The following timeline outlines the Environmental Assessment process:
- February 2011 – Environmental Assessment Certificate issued.
- Fall 2010 – Assessment Report released.
- June 30 – August 29, 2010 - Public comment period on the Application for Environmental Assessment Certificate.
- May 2010 – Evergreen Line Project submitted its Environmental Assessment Certificate Application and supporting studies to the EAO for internal review.
- September – October 2009 – 30-day Public Comment Period on the Evergreen Line Draft Application Information Requirements, which specified the studies to be conducted.
- May 2009 – Evergreen Line Project Description Report filed.
For more information please see the Environmental Assessment Review section of the website.
Why was the technology for the Evergreen Line changed from Light Rail Transit (LRT) to Advanced Light Rapid Transit (ALRT)?
- The Business Case, released February 1, 2008, recommends Advanced Light Rapid Transit (ALRT) because it:
- will carry two and a half times the ridership of LRT (based on 2021 ridership modelling), ensuring it will meet current and future demand and support The Provincial Transit Plan goal of doubling ridership by 2020;
- will enable faster travel times and can operate with greater frequency; and
- will seamlessly connect to the current SkyTrain Millennium Line, regional buses and West Coast Express network and move people almost twice as fast as LRT technology.
- ALRT will have significantly lower operating costs as compared to LRT technology.
- ALRT (SkyTrain) is automated and driverless and runs primarily along an elevated guideway, thus avoiding the potential for conflict with vehicular traffic inherent with at-grade LRT operations particularly at intersections. ALRT has greater capacity than LRT and also provides the opportunity for full integration with the existing SkyTrain system which would eliminate the need for passengers to transfer at Lougheed Station.
- LRT (Light Rail Transit) is a driver-operated system. Vehicles operate within a largely at-grade and segregated right-of-way with grade-level crossings at intersections requiring signal priority.
- All five rounds of consultation have been completed:
- Route Selection Consultation: March – April, 2008
- Environmental Assessment – Public comment period on the Draft Application Information Requirements: September 2009
- Preliminary Design Consultation: October 5 – November 13, 2009
- Environmental Assessment – Public comment period on the Application for Environmental Assessment Certificate: June 30 – August 29, 2010
- Station Area Design Consultation: October 4 – November 5, 2010
- For more information, please see the Public Consultation section of the website