The extension to the Millennium SkyTrain Line is going to connect the Metro Vancouver region like never before.
That was the biggest takeaway for the elected officials touring a couple of the soon-to-be-opened new stations on the SkyTrain system yesterday morning.
The six new stations that make up the Evergreen-Extension (along with Lougheed Town Centre) have a similar feel to some of the SkyTrain stations that have either recently been renovated or are in the midst of a facelift. Like Main Street-Science World and Metrotown, these new station are open in terms of their layout, have a lot of glass and include some beautiful public art that gives each stop on the line its own feel.
The Millennium Line will have a lot more bends than it does today, as well as the longest tunnel in our system and varying grades, when it opens before Christmas this year.
“We’ve been waiting a long time. This will change our community,” says Richard Stewart, Mayor of the City of Coquitlam. The Mayor couldn’t stop taking photos during the half hour tour.
The Evergreen Extension will provide access to riders to parts of Metro Vancouver TransLink currently services only by bus. With this extension, it’s easy to see how many more people will explore Coquitlam and the surrounding areas by simply stepping on a train.
As the final touches are put on the extension and TransLink gears up for the SkyTrain pattern change (happening Oct 22nd) in advance of the opening, riders will want to get themselves aquatinted with how they can ride the SkyTrain to connect to Port Moody, and Coquitlam. With this new addition to the SkyTrain line, these cities are now only a SkyTrain away.
Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO and Vivienne King, President of BCRTC
Ron McKinnon, Federal MP for Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam (left with red tie); Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for TransLink (middle wearing pins on lapels); and Linda Reimer, MLA for Port Moody-Coquitlam (right with red coat)
Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station