Soaring Douglas Fir paneled ceilings, glass enclosed elevators and open plans are some of the defining features of two new SkyTrain stations along the new Evergreen Line.
While both Burquitlam and the Moody Centre are still under construction, enough work has been completed to invite media on a tour of the stations.
Minister responsible for TransLink, Peter Fassbender maintains the line will be worth the wait once it finally opens, after much delay, in 2017.
“I know that it is going to serve the communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, AND the entire region.”
Delays set back original opening
The completion of the mega project has already been delayed from fall of this year to early 2017, but Fassbender isn’t anticipating further setbacks.
“My anticipation talking to the project team is that they’re dedicated to getting this completed and operational early 2017. I have the utmost confidence that they’re going to be able to meet that.”
Fassbender also says that delays are at the expense of the contractor, not taxpayers.
Fassbender predicts smooth completion moving forward
Altogether, the 11 kilometre line will serve seven stations, with Lougheed at one end, and the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station at the other.
Construction of the line includes a two-kilometre bored tunnel.
The new stations will also have bike lockers, passenger pick up and drop off areas, bus loops, and shuttle service from Burquitlam to SFU. There will also be a direct transfer option from the West Coast Express to the Moody Centre line, which is situated directly beside the express tracks.
What is missing from both stations, however, are public washrooms.
New TransLink CEO yet to be chosen
When asked, Fassbender told reporters the search for TransLink’s new CEO is ongoing with interviews completed.
He suspects the hire will be announced in the not too distant future.
“I’m optimistic that with a new CEO with the board and people on the board, we’re going to see some significant improvement in public confidence in TransLink.”
Ian Jarvis stepped down from the post in February of last year and Doug Allen has filled his role on an interim basis.
Federal infrastructure money?
Fassbender says the province has had meetings with the federal government on improving infrastructure in the Lower Mainland.
“We’re going to be taking a detailed case to the minister and he’ll make whatever commitments the federal government is prepared to do.”
He says there were no assurances in their interactions with the feds, but says there were good discussions and a commitment.