Get Moving BC
For Immediate Release
February 26, 2009
 
  

FULL FUNDING FOR EVERGREEN LINE FINALLY IN PLACE

Federal government commits to "full and complete financial partnership" in the Evergreen Line
 contributing more than $400 million to the project and creating more than 8,000 direct and indirect jobs

Vancouver, B.C. - This morning's long-awaited announcement of full funding for the Evergreen Line is great news, on par with the recent Port Mann Bridge announcement, says Get Moving BC spokesperson Michael McBratney.  Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Gordon Campbell made the much-anticipated funding announcement in Burnaby and firmly established the federal government as a "full and complete financial partner" in the project with a contribution of over $400 million.

"The Evergreen Line has been a long time coming," said McBratney.  "It's also been the number one transportation project on our Get Moving BC Top Ten list for two years running, so it's great to cross it off our Top Ten list and add it to the list of transportation projects now underway or nearing completion in the Lower Mainland."

Construction of the 11 kilometre Evergreen Line is expected to begin in late 2010 and be completed in 2014. It will extend from the Millennium Line station at Lougheed Town Centre through Port Moody to Coquitlam Town Centre.  The project will create 4,000 direct jobs and 4,400 indirect jobs. 

"The Evergreen Line is an important piece of the Lower Mainland's transportation puzzle, and it's just as much a part of the solution to our traffic congestion problems as the new Port Mann Bridge and the improvements being made to Highway 1," said McBratney, a frequent SkyTrain rider himself. "Substantial progress on important transportation projects like these over the past seven or eight years is bringing us up-to-date and getting us to where we need to be with our transportation infrastructure.  Maybe before too long we won't even need a Top Ten list if we keep up this great momentum."

McBratney also agrees that the construction jobs created by projects like the Evergreen Line, the SFPR and the Port Mann/Highway 1 project are going to have a huge positive impact throughout the B.C. economy and that this will help us ease our way through the difficult times being caused by the worldwide economic situation.

Get Moving BC's Top Ten list provides an annual look at some of the priority transportation projects needed in the Lower Mainland.  With today's announcement, the Evergreen Line joins a healthy list of major transportation projects already underway or nearing completion in the Lower Mainland like the Canada Line, the Pitt River Bridge, the Golden Ears Bridge, the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 project and the South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR).

Get Moving BC's Top Ten list also includes increased bus service and transit for underserved parts of the Lower Mainland in the number two position and planning ahead for light rapid transit across the new Port Mann Bridge in the number three spot.

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Get Moving BC is dedicated to holding governments accountable for a balanced transportation system and was formed to provide a voice for the majority of Greater Vancouver residents who support improving our roads, bridges and transit systems.   
 
 
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