Vancouver Evergreen Line achieves milestone

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The first guideway column of Vancouver’s 11-kilometre Evergreen Line is now in place.

Due to open in 2016, the new $1.43 billion rapid transit line will extend the city’s SkyTrain network out to Coquitlam, linking Burnaby and Port Moody to the network along the way.

The elevated guideway column stands near the south tunnel portal at the corner of Como Lake Avenue and Clarke Road in Coquitlam.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Todd Stone said: “The Evergreen Line is an important rapid transit project in Metro Vancouver that will generate jobs, connect communities and provide more transportation options for families.

“Construction is moving ahead with columns being built to support the guideway in Coquitlam and residents will see work ramping up over the coming months.”

Construction of the line began in Coquitlam and will continue moving south throughout the summer and autumn.

As well as the elevated guideway, the Evergreen Line includes seven new stations, a two-kilometre tunnel and a light rail vehicle depot.

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