Province wants public input on Evergreen Line – Metro US

Province wants public input on Evergreen Line

Designers of the proposed Evergreen Line want the public’s help determining whether each station should blend into, or stand out from, existing neighbourhoods.

The province wants public feedback on the preliminary design of the proposed 11-kilometre Evergreen Line that would connect Coquitlam to the Lower Mainland’s existing SkyTrain system.

B.C. announced the preliminary design consultation period on Friday and is hosting a half dozen open houses, the first of which ran Saturday in Port Moody. Construction on the estimated $1.4-billion line is expected to begin next year and run through 2014.

The Line will use SkyTrain technology (ALRT), which is almost twice as fast as LRT (Light Rail Transit) and has lower operating costs. It will, however, cost about $150 million more than and a comparable LRT system.

A survey, available online at evergreenline.gov.bc.ca, wants to know what stations people would use most often and what facilities those stations should contain.

There are also questions about the approach to station design, whether or not they should look uniform and whether they should blend into neighbourhoods.