The tunnel boring for the Evergreen Line (TransLink) has been completed. A single two-kilometre tunnel starting east of Barnet Highway in Port Moody to south of Kemsley Avenue in Coquitlam has been drilled. The tunnel is an integral part of the Evergreenline project. Boring the tunnel was the most complex and technically challenging part of the Evergreen Line project.
“This milestone demonstrates the great progress we are making toward bringing a vital transportation connection to Metro Vancouver. Our Government is pleased to support this important, job-creating project which will expand and connect multiple transit systems, help reduce traffic congestion, and benefit those living, working, and commuting across the region,” said Ron McKinnon, MP for Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam.
“Celebrating the completion of the tunnel boring work today is a great milestone for the project and for the communities this line will serve. The Evergreen Line project is more than 75% complete, and the work to finish the line, including the tunnel, is well underway. Once Evergreen is complete, B.C. will have the longest, fully automated rapid transit network in the world,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone said.
EGRT Construction is responsible for building the elevated and at-grade guideways, the two-kilometre bored tunnel, seven stations, power substations, train-operating systems and roadworks, as well as a vehicle-storage and light-maintenance facility.
The tunnel interior work and systems installation will continue into summer 2016. Train testing is expected to begin in the tunnel in the fall of 2016 with the line operational in early 2017.
Evergreen will link Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam to Vancouver and will be fully integrated into the existing SkyTrain system at Lougheed Town Centre Station. It will carry 70,000 passengers and remove 40,000 cars from the road every day by 2021.