PORT MOODY, BC, Jan. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - The Evergreen Line is taking a
major step forward with pre-construction beginning and shovels hitting
the ground in the next couple of weeks, bringing new jobs and improved
transit options for residents of Metro Vancouver.
Today, the Honourable Blair Lekstrom, B.C.'s Minister of Transportation
and Infrastructure, joined the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Senior Minister
Responsible for British Columbia, and His Worship Richard Walton, chair
of the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation, to welcome the
Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, and announce that two local companies have been awarded
contracts for pre-construction work on the new Evergreen Line rapid
transit project. Minister Lekstrom also confirmed continuing community
outreach to keep the public informed about the project.
"Metro Vancouver has a first-class transit system and the Evergreen Line
will help build on that success," said Minister Lekstrom. "One of our
main goals is to ensure people receive timely information either face
to face, over the phone or from social media. We're talking to
residents and businesses so they understand what will happen during
construction and will continue to be out in the communities as the
"Our government is proud to be a partner in the Evergreen Line project
and the start of pre-construction work is great news for this growing
region of Metro Vancouver," said Minister Lebel. "The significant
federal investment in this project will create jobs and economic growth
in British Columbia and, once complete, the Evergreen Line will cut
commute times, reduce traffic congestion and result in cleaner air."
"Today is an important milestone for the Tri-Cities, Metro Vancouver and
British Columbia," said Minister Moore. "From job creation to reducing
commute times, today marks the start of a project that will positively
impact Metro Vancouver for many years to come."
Pedre Contractors Ltd., based in Langley, will install new underground
power lines in Port Moody and Coquitlam. The power lines will provide
power to build the bored tunnel and supply power for the operation of
the Evergreen Line. Hans Demolition and Excavating, based in Surrey,
will remove two vacant buildings in Coquitlam and one in Burnaby.
"With Greater Vancouver's population forecast to grow by nearly one
million people, as a region we face a growing need to invest in
integrated regional transportation infrastructure that supports
development, leads to improved air quality, and provides for the
efficient movement of goods and people now and into the future," said
Mayor Walton. "The increased development that will come with the
completion of the Evergreen Line will assist the region in its efforts
to manage both growth and development objectives. This is an excellent
example of what can be accomplished through partnerships at all levels
Pre-construction activities include widening roads, relocating utilities
(such as hydro and natural gas lines), realigning railway tracks and
removing vacant buildings. Contracts will be awarded and the work will
occur over the next several months. Pre-construction lays the
groundwork for major construction and will help accelerate the project
The total project cost for the Evergreen Line is estimated to be $1.4
billion. Funding is being provided by the Province of British Columbia,
the Government of Canada and TransLink. The province is contributing
$583 million and will also oversee construction of the project. The
Government of Canada is contributing up to $417 million. TransLink is
contributing $400 million and will operate the Evergreen Line when it
The Province of British Columbia will select a primary contractor to
design and build the Evergreen Line this summer. The Evergreen Line is
expected to be in service in the summer of 2016, and the project will
create 8,000 direct and indirect jobs during construction.
As part of the Evergreen Line project, the province has initiated an
extensive community outreach program to encourage two-way communication
with the public, and provide timely information and construction
updates. Some multilingual information will also be available in
Traditional Chinese and Korean.
A new Facebook page (Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project) is available for people to learn more about the project. Information
about construction and how it impacts traffic will also be available on
Twitter @TranBC and on the project website at www.evergreenline.gov.bc.ca.
The Evergreen Line will link the communities of Port Moody, Coquitlam
and Burnaby with the existing Millennium Line SkyTrain. It will support
community growth and new development along the route and near the
stations by providing better transit connections between regional
centres and downtown Vancouver. The Evergreen Line will improve quality
of life for these communities by providing faster commutes, easing road
congestion and reducing pollution.
The Evergreen Line builds on Canada Starts Here: The B.C. Jobs Plan by
creating 8,000 jobs during construction and supports the economy by
reducing traffic congestion, which will improve the movement of people,
goods and services on Lower Mainland roads. Working with employers and
communities to enable job creation across B.C. is one of the three
pillars in the jobs plan aimed at helping B.C. deal with today's
economic uncertainty and emerge stronger than ever.
A backgrounder on the Evergreen Line is attached.
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persons living with visual disabilities.
The Evergreen Line is a new 11-kilometre rapid transit line that will
connect Coquitlam to Vancouver via Port Moody and Burnaby.
Why the Evergreen Line matters
more transit options with faster, more frequent and more efficient
service, especially for commuters in the northeast sector
more economic opportunities for businesses near the Evergreen Line route
8,000 direct and indirect jobs from construction
frequent service — every three minutes during peak periods; service
almost 20 hours a day
faster travel time — 15 minutes from Coquitlam City Centre to Lougheed
from Coquitlam City Centre to Vancouver in 40 minutes, saving almost 45
minutes per day compared to driving
direct connection, without transfer to the Millennium Line
projected ridership of 70,000 per day by 2021
The Evergreen Line project has a proactive community outreach program to
keep the public, businesses, residents and stakeholders informed about
the project through ongoing two-way communications.
The Evergreen Line project will have some information available in
Traditional Chinese and Korean.
Elements of the community outreach program include:
a business liaison program to establish two-way communication between the Evergreen Line project
and businesses located along the route to help minimize
construction-related impacts on businesses as much as possible;
a proactive community relations program that provides regular information about the project through community
updates, construction bulletins, a website, social media and community
meetings, and that addresses public inquiries and issues; and
a comprehensive traffic communications program, including regular traffic alerts, to inform the public and commuters
about construction activities and traffic information, and help people
choose the best alternative routes.
The Evergreen Line: www.evergreenline.gov.bc.ca
Receive project updates on Twitter: @TranBC #EvergreenlineBC and on
Facebook: Evergreen Line.
High resolution photos of station designs and video animation are
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
| Kate Trotter |
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
| Media Relations |
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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| Pierre Floréa |
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
| Erin Dermer |