Today is big day for transit in Metro Vancouver and all across British Columbia!
Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier Christy Clark have announced that they have signed an agreement resulting in more than $900 million being invested – by the Government of Canada, British Columbia and municipalities – in public transit projects across the province.
So, what does this mean for transit in your community?
Take a look at the plan for the first phase of investment in our region:
Metro Vancouver TransLink Phase 1 of Investing in Canada includes:
The purchase of additional SkyTrain vehicles for the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines
A new West Coast Express locomotive
A new SeaBus
Upgrades to SkyTrain stations
Design and planning for Rapid Transit South of Fraser and the Millennium Line Extension along Broadway
Tunnel boring from Coquitlam to Port Moody was completed today, marking an important milestone in the Evergreen Line project.
The completion the two-kilometre tunnel means TransLink is one step closer to operating an expanded transit system that will give the people who live here a new and fast option for getting around.
The Evergreen extension is a significant expansion of our integrated transit network. In fact, the full 79 km of SkyTrain means that TransLink will soon operate the world’s longest fully-automated rapid transit system.
Alice breaking through the tunnel!
And she’s through!
Left to right: Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam, Minister Peter Fassbender, MLA Linda Reimer, Port Moody-Coquitlam, Barry Forbes, Board Chair, TransLink, Mayor of Port Moody Mike Clay
Barry Forbes, TransLink Board Chair
The Canadian and B.C. Provincial flag in the tunnel
We’re hard at work readying our system to ensure that customers have an easy transition when we integrate the Evergreen extension into the SkyTrain network. We’re:
Determining how to integrate bus services with the expanded SkyTrain network;
Testing train control software and new tracks;
Readying staff to support our customers when Evergreen opens; and
Developing operating plans, schedules and information for customers.
The Evergreen project is an example of all levels of government coming together to invest in much needed transportation infrastructure to support and shape growth in the region.
We applaud the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for all the hard work that has been put into this project to date.
Thank you to our passengers and neighbours for their continued patience and support throughout the construction of the Evergreen extension.
We look forward to having you ride with us in the near future!
Starting October 13, 2015 you’re invited to take part in an online survey and provide feedback on more than 85 proposed transit changes across Metro Vancouver. We’re asking for feedback now, so we can consider your input as we plan for the future. The survey is available until November 6, 2015.
The proposed changes aim to:
Integrate bus service to better connect customers to the Evergreen Extension
Decrease travel time on busy routes
Extend service to areas with high commuter demand
Take advantage of road and infrastructure changes
Make our system more efficient
Deliver on our plans
Check out all the details on specific proposals today!
TransLink Board Chair Marcella Szel speaking at the packed press conference
It’s an exciting day for all you Buzzer readers following the progress of the Evergreen Line development. Today the TransLink board chair, Marcella Szel, joined Premier Christy Clark and Honourable Minister Todd Stone to announce the start of Evergreen Line tunnel construction and to officially name the tunnel boring machine.
The machine has been dubbed “Alice”, after Alice Wilson, Canada’s first female geologist. Very appropriate timing, considering tomorrow is International Women’s Day. Alice will bore the Evergreen Line tunnel which will run east of Barnet Highway in Port Moody to south of Kemsley Avenue in Coquitlam.
Once the Evergreen Line is complete, B.C. will have the longest rapid transit network in Canada at 79km in length.
Welcome to the TransLink family Alice!
(From left to right) Honourable Minister Todd Stone, TransLink board chair Marcella Szel, Premier Christy Clark and Honourable Minister James Moore in front of, “Alice”, the tunnel boring machine