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Vancouver to have longest automated transit in world

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Tunnelling for the Evergreen Line in Vancouver was completed at the end of November. Tunnel boring machine “Alice” drilled a single 2-km tunnel east of Barnet Highway in Port Moody to south of Kemsley Avenue in Coquitlam. The Evergreen Line is Vancouver’s latest expansion to its LRT system and will link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to the existing SkyTrain Line.

The 11-kilometre Evergreen line is more than 75% complete, and once opened it will make Vancouver’s SkyTrain system the longest fully automated rapid transit system in the world.

EGRT Construction, a consortium led by SNC-Lavalin, is responsible for the design, build and finance project. The consortium includes MMM Group, Jacobs Associates, International Bridge Technologies, Graham Building Services, Rizzani de Eccher, S.E.L.I. Canada, and SNC-Lavalin Constructors.

About Evergreen

The Evergreen Line is an 11-kilometre extension to the existing SkyTrain system in Metro Vancouver, seamlessly integrating with the Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre Station. It will be a fast, frequent and convenient SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam City Centre through Port Moody to Lougheed Town Centre in approximately 15 minutes. It will connect without transfer to the current SkyTrain network at Lougheed Town Centre Station and will integrate with regional bus and West Coast Express networks.

Fast Facts

Length11 km
Number of Stations7
Travel TimeApproximately 15 minutes from Lougheed Town Centre to Coquitlam
SpeedMaximum operating speed of 80 km/h
ConstructionThe Evergreen Line will be complete and in service in early 2017.

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