Why is the Evergreen Line Important?
- Fast, frequent, and convenient transit from Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby
- Direct connection, without transfers, to what is currently the Millennium Line
- Increases transportation choice and reduces auto use
- Reduces travel time and congestion to and from work
- 70, passengers per day expectancy
- Increase density along Evergreen Line
- Travels a maximum operating speed of 80km/h
- 15 minute ride from Lougheed Town Centre to Coquitlam
- Fun Fact: At 79.6km, Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest fully grade-separated metro in Canada, surpassing the Toronto Subway system by several kilometres!
Scheduled (hopefully) to open in spring 2017, this 10.9km long SkyTrain rapid transit will extend the SkyTrain network from Lougheed Town (Burnaby) Centre to Lafarge Lake-Douglas (Coquitlam).
Travels a maximum operating speed of 80km/h
15 minute ride from Lougheed Town Centre to Coquitlam
Fun Fact: At 79.6km, Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest in Canada, surpassing the Toronto Subway system by several kilometres! Toronto’s subway and rail is 76.9KM, Montreal’s Metro is 69.2KM.
Six New Stations
1. Burquitlam Station: east side of Clarke Road near Burquitlam Plaza
2. Moody Centre Station: Port Moody transit exchange site
3. Inlet Centre Station: North of Barnet Highway
4. Coquitlam Central Station: Coquitlam transit exchange site
5. Lincoln Station: Northeast corner of Coquitlam Centre
6. Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station: East side of Pinetree Way
Lougheed/Burquitlam: The Evergreen Line will run north from Lougheed Town Centre Station. 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 CPR tracks to Moody Centre Station. Continuing east, the line will cross the CPR tracks just before Inlet Centre Station, located north of Barnet Highway.
Coquitlam: The line will continue along the north side of the CPR tracks towards Coquitlam Central Station. 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.
Who is Funding the Evergreen Line?
- Total Costs: $1.4 billion
- Province of British Columbia is contributing $583 million
- Government of Canada is contributing up to $417 million
- TransLink is contributing $400 million
To gage the impact of the Evergreen Line, we can look at the existing rapid transit lines (Millennium Line and the Canada Line), which have shaped development in Metro Vancouver. Specifically, significant future residential and commercial development is expected and major destination shopping centres such as Lougheed Mall and Coquitlam Centre Mall.
The Official Community Plans in Both Port Moody and Coquitlam take the Evergreen Line into account and development and infill projects are already occurring close to planned stations.
The Port Moody Official Community Plan was adopted in October 2014 and sets out the desired outcomes for each community and neighbourhood in close proximity to the Evergreen Line. These neighbourhoods are:
- Inlet Centre – This is where Port Moody’s Higher density residential and commercial development is centered to date.
- Moody Centre Station – From Moody Street to Electronic Avenue – the old heart of Port Moody.
The Coquitlam Official Community Plan is a comprehensive plan that was originally adopted in 2001 but has been updated in 2013. Transportation and regional shifts are two of the major focuses of the plan. Coquitlam’s plan goes as far as saying their sustainable transportation goals are centered on the future development of the Evergreen Line stations.