TransLink’s Evergreen Line SkyTrain is set to be “substantially” completed by no later than July 29, 2016,according to a report released by Partnerships B.C. on Wendesday.
The report states EGRT Construction, the consortium led by SNC-Lavalin contracted to design, build, and finance the line, must complete the project by that date or face financial penalties for each day of delay. The line could still open before this date and the province has announced a summer 2016 arrival for the Evergreen Line.
After completion, TransLink will be required to begin revenue service within a month. The British Columbia Rail Transit Company will operate and maintain the Evergreen Line along with the Millennium and Expo Lines. Canada Line will continue to be operated by ProTransBC.
Provisions will be built-in to allow for two future stations by Falcon Drive & Barnet Highway in Coquitlam and west of Moody Centre Station in Port Moody. Coquitlam Central Station will also be designed to allow for a future extension along the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to downtown Port Coquitlam. However, provisions will not be built for a future station at Cameron Street and North Road after the city of Burnaby could not come to an agreement with the province.
The tunnel connecting Moody Centre Station and Burquitlam Station will be a single-bored tunnel as opposed to a twin-bored tunnel. The report says the decision to use single-bored tunnel was to “[reduce] the risk associated with achieving the required summer 2016 substantial completion date, and creates an opportunity for early completion.”
According to TransLink, operational patterns for the Evergreen Line have yet to be finalized. The Evergreen Line request for proposal in 2011 suggested the Millennium Line will be shortened to between Waterfront Station and Lougheed Town Centre Station and the Evergreen Line will run between VCC-Clark Station and Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station. A video released last week by the Province of British Columbia suggested the Millennium Line will be shortened from VCC-Clark Station to Columbia Station instead. The Evergreen Line with interline with the Millennium Line and run from VCC-Clark Station to Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station.
Last week, the station names were announced along with the preliminary construction schedule. Guideway construction is set to begin this summer at Burquitlam and will move towards Lougheed Town Centre Station and at Vintner Street near Barnet Highway towards Moody Centre Station.