February 05, 2013

Vancouver Evergreen Line contract signed

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MAJOR construction works on Vancouver's Skytrain Evergreen Line are set to begin by the end of the month after the provincial government of British Columbia signed a finance-design-build contract for the $C 1.4bn ($US 1.39bn) project with the EGRT consortium, which is led by SNC-Lavalin.

SNC-Lavalin's consortium partners include Graham Building Services, International Bridge Technologies and Jacobs Associates Canada.

EGRT will be responsible for construction of elevated and surface alignments, a 2km bored tunnel at Burquitlam, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a depot.

The 11km Evergreen Line will link the existing Millennium Line at Lougheed Town Centre, with Port Moody, Ioco, and Coquitlam, providing a journey time of 40 minutes between Coquitlam and central Vancouver, less than half the current travel time by car. Trains will operate with a minimum headway of three minutes, and services will operate 20 hours a day. The line is expected to carry around 70,000 passengers per day by 2021.

Preliminary works are already underway along the route and commercial services will begin in mid-2016.

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