TransLink, the transit agency for Vancouver, B.C., continues to roll out the goods with the finalization of the route and opening of the Evergreen Line Project Office.
“The Evergreen Line will vastly improve transit options for people in Metro Vancouver’s northeast quadrant,” said Falcon. “It will also be a big boost to the region’s economy, providing over 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.”
“The Evergreen Sky Train extension will improve the quality of life of Tri-City residents by creating more transportation choices, cutting traffic, and by reducing pollution,” said Moore. “Our government is proud to be a partner in this project.”
Using SkyTrain technology, the 11-kilometre Evergreen Line will link neighbourhoods in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam and be fully integrated into the existing system, connecting directly onto the Millennium Line at Lougheed Station.
The Evergreen Line will start construction after the 2010 Olympics with opening service in 2014. The Evergreen Line will connect seamlessly to SkyTrain and the Canada Line at the Waterfront terminal, connecting also with SeaBus, West Coast Express, VIA Rail, and Amtrak trains. During peak rush hour, trains will be running every 85 seconds. Currently, SkyTrain runs around 108 seconds during peak hour. SkyTrain has the ability to run as close as 68 seconds a train, according to this video of SkyTrain.
Meanwhile, for the 2010 Olympics, Vancouver BC and Bombardier have joined forces to run a demonstration Streetcar line for 1.8km from Granville Island to the Olympic Villiage Canada Line station. Bombardier will provide 2 Flexity Outlook trams from Brussels, Belgium and will run every 6 to 10 minutes along the route and will be free during its trials. The streetcar route may become a full route which would run from Granville Island to Stanley Park with several stations along the route, including a station at Waterfront. The streetcar will open in January 21, 2010 and service will end on March 21, 2010.