Commuters rush aboard Evergreen Line for opening day

The long-awaited Skytrain extension will connect Tri-Cities to downtown Vancouver



The long-awaited Evergreen Line opened to the public at noon on Friday.

The 11-kilometre, $1.43-billion SkyTrain extension connects 70,000 Tri-cities residents per day with downtown Vancouver, according to Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer, making Vancouver’s fully automated rapid transit system the longest in the world.

The construction and rollout hasn’t been smooth sailing. Difficulties with the boring machine during a two-kilometre underground stretch in Port Moody led to long setbacks. The original target operating date was in late 2014, set by then-Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon in 2008. The province did, however, beat its latest goal of early 2017.

People who came out to the Coquitlam Centre Station for the inaugural public train ride said they’re glad the Evergreen Line finally here.

“It’s almost shocking that it’s here and ready to go,” said Coquitlam resident Ken Scherk, who came out with his family to try out the new line. “We’ve been waiting a long time.”

The extension runs from Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby, with stations in Coquitlam and Port Moody, the last being next to Lafarge Lake in Coquitlam. It will connect to express buses running to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.

TransLinks shared the cost with the provincial and federal governments via an additional two per cent gas tax started in 2011.

The NDP have criticized the long wait times for the Evergreen Line’s completion.

“Evergreen joins a long line of projects for Christy Clark that are late and over budget, in this case costing our transit system over a hundred million dollars that should have gone into improving services,” said NDP TransLink critic David Eby.

 


@katslepian

katya.slepian@bpdigital.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: Flames consume small building at Langley Events Centre

Thursday afternoon demo shows the importance of having sprinklers installed

Langley program helps youth find their employment niche

The first session of Skills to Success youth employment program wrapped up and a second has started.

Charges laid in 2016 Mission crash that killed Langley teenager

Lidia Ramos died when the car she was riding in slipped off a logging road in heavy rain

Two Langley fire trucks collide on black ice

The fire trucks were being used to block vehicles from icy hill when they started sliding

March 3 ‘hoot-ennany’ at Campbell Valley Park free for all ages

Family friendly event features skull and feather displays, activities, crafts and games

B.C. Games open with Olympic touch

The 2018 B.C. Winter Games kicked off in Kamloops

B.C. ski cross racer wins Olympic gold

Kelowna’s Kelsey Serwa wins the gold medal in thrilling fashion in PyeongChang

More snow expected on the Coquihalla, Highway 3

Environment Canada says five to 10 centimetres will come down between Friday and Saturday mornings

New charges against ex-Trump campaign associates

More charges were laid Thursday against President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his business associate

Man accused in death of Winnipeg teen Tina Fontaine not guilty

Raymond Cormier was accused of killing Indigenous 15-year-old and dumping her body in the Red River

Okanagan real estate agents brace for speculation tax impact

“There’s a real potential for a domino effect to hurt the market in Kelowna.”

Alberta drops B.C. wine boycott, Notley says Horgan ‘blinked’ on pipeline

B.C. government announces court reference on proposed diluted bitumen restriction

Aldergrove Kodiaks take 7-5 win over Flames: ACTION PHOTOS

Kodiaks stave off elimination in game four of PJHL playoffs series

Lane closures on Alex Fraser, Port Mann bridges considered to avoid ‘ice bombs’

Province spent $5 million clearing both bridges last years

Most Read