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April 18,2008 Project Backgrounder

BACKGROUNDER   

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April 18, 2008

Ministry of Transportation

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DECISION REACHED FOR EVERGREEN LINE ROUTE

 


  • The 11-kilometre Northwest Route will link neighbourhoods in Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam.

 

  • The Northwest Route will connect with Skytrain, West Coast Express and TransLink buses.

 

  • Final details on the route will be finalized after detailed planning and design work, which will include stakeholder consultations. Based on the business case, we see the route from:

 

o       The existing Lougheed SkyTrain station

 

o       Run as an elevated guideway along North Road to Clarke Road

 

o       From Clarke Road, there will be sub-surface alignment running north of Como Lake Avenue, emerging at the bottom of the Clarke Road hill

 

o       The Line will transition to at-grade adjacent to the Canadian Pacific railway (CP rail) line

 

o       The alignment will continue to the Ioco Road overpass where it would run eastward

 

o       The Line will then transition back to an elevated guideway northward along the Lougheed Highway to Pinetree Way

 

o       From the vicinity of Pinetree Way the Line will turn northward to a terminus just north of Guildford Way (Douglas College).

 

 

Northwest Route Benefits

(Business Case Summary)

 

  • Development
    • Development has already taken place in anticipation of rapid transit

 

    • More near term, residential development anticipated

 

    • Supported by existing community planning

 

  • System Integration
    • Greatest system integration with existing SkyTrain

 

    • Grade separated from existing traffic

 

    • Safer, more reliable

 

  • Environment 
    • Greatest reduction in car trips

 

    • Environmental assessment process second most advanced due to similarities to LRT corridor and earlier public consultation

 

  • Stakeholders
    • Stakeholder issues are better understood in the northwest due to prior public consultation work done for LRT and SkyTrain

 

    • Consultation would be required regarding features of ALRT on this corridor

 

  • Schedule
    • Anticipated schedule completion August 2014

 

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Northwest Route Map web link: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/evergreen_line/index.htm

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