Possible track-blocks on our way to 2016
By Chandler Walter, Distribution Manager
Douglas College students who have been around the Coquitlam campus over the past several years will have noticed the development of the Evergreen Line.
Kate Poole, a representative of Government Communications and Public Engagement, stated, “The Evergreen Line is50 per cent complete, and once the line opens, Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest rapid transit system in Canada.”
The latest development has been the boring of a tunnel in a western portion of the project, a two-kilometre track, with portals in Coquitlam and Port Moody.
On two occasions the tunnel-boring machine has created holes on the surface directly above the underground boring, at Cecile Drive and Chateau Place.
“All precautionary measures will continue to be taken to ensure the public is safe as the maintenance work on the tunnel boring machine under Cecile Drive continues. Engineers are currently assessing what further work needs to be done at Cecile Drive to complete the maintenance. Once maintenance is complete, the tunnel boring will resume.”
Even with the sink-holes and the delays created as a result, the Evergreen Line’s website states that it “will be complete and in service in the summer of 2016.”
When the 11-kilometre extension is finally completed, travel time from Douglas station to Vancouver will be an estimated 40 minutes, and 15 minutes and seven stations until Lougheed, with no additional transfers necessary.