It’s neither on time nor on budget, but the end is in sight for construction of the Evergreen Line linking Coquitlam to Vancouver.
But one worker is claiming he lost his job after raising safety concerns over the Line’s construction.
The BC Federation of Labour is calling for the contractor SNC Lavelin to be fined after WorkSafeBC ruled mechanic David Britton was fired after raising those concerns.
But Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer said she she expect contractors to “adhere to the highest standards of worksafe practice.”
Project Director Amanda Farell told CKNW she expects the line will be safe.
“There’s a very rigorous safety process in place with the BC Safety Authority before the line will get an operating permit,” Farrell says.
“So there’s absolutely no question the line will be safe for passengers.”
Back in 2009, the government said the line would cost $410 million, and be finished by 2014.
But the latest projected cost given is at $1.43 billion.
This is despite the minister responsible for TransLink, Peter Fassbender just a few months ago telling reporters no less than twenty times, the line will be finished “on time and on budget” next year.