The Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project will improve transit service to the Tri-Cities connecting Coquitlam and Port Moody to the existing Skytrain station at Lougheed Town Centre. The Evergreen Line will provide residents with fast and convenient access to existing transit terminals to the west all the way to Vancouver city centre, permitting a transportation option other than using a vehicle. The construction of the Evergreen Line will also link Port Moody to Coquitlam to the east opening up shared opportunities for employment and recreation between our cities.
The Evergreen Project falls under the direction of the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, and therefore is a provincially run project. TransLink is not involved in the project construction, although the project originally started within TransLink's scope, and is still supported as a regional improvement to the transit system.
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's complete.
The City has been involved in the Evergreen Project process since it began years ago with discussions surrounding the alignment, and the use of ALRT or LRT technology. During the process, the City submitted requirements to the project team for the design and implementation of the Evergreen Project. The requirements are commonly known as the ‘List of 32 Evergreen Requirements’.
The Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project was required to undertake a project assessment in order to ensure the project scope considered all aspects of the impacts to the community and environment. The project was awarded an Environmental Assessment Certificate on February 3, 2011 by the Minister of Environment. The certificate includes a list of 157 commitments referred to as the Proponents Table of Commitments (PToC)which govern the obligations of the project through the construction process, as well as the ongoing operation of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit facility. The PToC contains clear and strong language to ensure the project and contractor have clear direction as to their responsibilities as part of the project.