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(Video) Evergreen Extension is opening December 2, 2016

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Are you ready for this??

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Moody Centre Station

The Evergreen Extension to the Millennium Line is opening December 2, 2016!

That’s right!

We’re so excited that our riders across the Tri-Cities will soon have more frequent transit options and be able to seamlessly connect to the Metro Vancouver transit network!

It’s also an important milestone for the entire system because once Evergreen opens, SkyTrain will be the longest, fully automated, driverless rapid transit system in the world!

Now that construction has finished, TransLink will take control over the operation of everything Evergreen.

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Burquitlam Station art

Right now, we’re focused on ensuring a smooth transition for our customers and we continue to get ready behind the scenes. On the customer end, you will start seeing platform posters and ads, transit advertising, digital, newspaper and radio ads, plus a video that will play on the system and in the media.

To do that, we are testing the extension, planning the grand opening and preparing for the extensive bus integration that will take place after Evergreen opens.

We know you have tons of questions about bus service changes and we will have all that info for you later this month once the changes are finalized.

So, be sure to stay tuned to our social channels including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and right here on the Buzzer blog!

Here are some resources for you leading up to, and after, the opening:

  • Starting on November 28, you can head to our Trip Planner to help you map out your route with new travel information.
  • If you want to use Trip Planner, be sure to choose the specific date on which you want to travel.
  • First train departs at 12p.m. on December 2 and a community celebration is planned at Coquitlam Centre – watch the blog for details soon!
  • Bus service changes will begin to take effect on December 19.
  • From November 21 to December 22, you’ll see our outreach teams all across the system. These wonderful people are virtual Evergreen encyclopedias and can answer your questions and help riders understand how the bus changes affect their transit trips.

You can learn more by visiting translink.ca/evergreen for more information.

 

For more information about bus travel once the Evergreen Extension opens, head to translink.ca/servicechanges on November 28.


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 Author: Adrienne Coling


10 Comments

  • By Leo C, November 7, 2016 @ 3:48 pm

    Who will you be “stealing” the title from? ;)

  • By Mischa, November 8, 2016 @ 5:27 am

    That would be the Dubai metro

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 8, 2016 @ 11:39 am

    Indeed! You never know how long we’ll have it but at least we’ll have it! :)

  • By David, November 8, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    Should also point out that Vancouver will have the longest metro system in Canada – surpassing Toronto. Even when Toronto opens the Spadina subway extension, Vancouver skytrain will still be longer. We’ll lose that once Toronto opens Eglington LRT and/or Montreal opens its new automated rapid transit line.

    Still do not like using Evergreen to describe the extension – I think it is confusing and unnecessary. It is the Millennium Line – why complicate like this?

  • By Ian S., November 9, 2016 @ 3:05 am

    After the changes to the Millennium Line route on October 22, trains from VCC-Clark continued on the Evergreen Extension, after all passengers had got off at Lougheed Town Centre, running empty all the way to Lafarge Lake-Douglas and stopping at each station on the way. The same was done in the opposite direction. This was done to simulate the actual schedule and give the trains a real-life test.

    However, I noticed on November 8 that the trains terminating at Lougheed simply turn around right there for VCC-Clark.

    Is that because of the announcement on November 7 that the province has handed over the line to TransLink, which presumably means all testing is complete?

    Prior to the public opening, will we see any more of the trains running to the full schedule on the extension, or is that over until December 2?

  • By Brian Cook, November 9, 2016 @ 11:06 am

    I for one am excited this is finally happening. Considering the amount of growth in the tri-cities plus Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows. Now all that needs to happen is a good amount of changes to the bus network to actually be useful again. There are to many bus routes that I feel take to long and don’t carry enough riders, thereby wasting resources. Now hopefully the service is much better to connect to the trains.

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 10, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

    Hi Ian, testing is completed by the province but not TransLink. We continue to run trains on the extension to test for safety, reliability and a bunch of other factors that have to have a certain amount of testing hours before it opens. Just like the Mark IIIs had. As of December 2, the trains will run the full schedule, I haven’t heard of them going before. Thanks!

  • By Adrienne Coling, November 10, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Hi Brian, good points! The bus integration is an extensive and massive undertaking. We are still finalizing changes and will share them with plenty of time for riders to get used to the changes. Stay tuned for the coming weeks for posters, signage, street teams and more to educate everyone on the finalized changes. Thanks!

  • By Jeremy, November 27, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

    Although we’ll have the world’s longest automated metro in the world again surpassing Dubai Metro, TransLink needs to start working on more SkyTrain extensions to keep that title including Expo Line extension to Langley, Millennium Line extension to UBC (don’t stop the tunnel drill at Arbutus) and work on a possible Millennium Line extension to PoCo, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge and Expo Line extension to Abbotsford.

  • By Jeremy, November 27, 2016 @ 8:20 pm

    Sorry change to “Aldergrove” from “Abbotsford”.

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