The Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project was approved and granted an Environmental Assessment (EA) Certificate by the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. This $1.4-billion project will connect Burnaby, Port Moody, and Coquitlam, British Columbia by an 11-kilometre light rapid transit line. Included in this project are elevated and at-grade guideways, a two-kilometre tunnel, six stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.
A report prepared by British Columbia’s EA office includes 157 guidelines that must be followed during construction. Six key commitments were laid out in the report and include:
- Install erosion and sediment control structures to prevent the introduction of silt, sediment and/or sediment-laden run-off into creeks.
- Re-vegetate affected riparian habitats and ensure the survival of plant material in re-vegetated areas, including the control of invasive species.
- Undertake a noise and vibration management plan that will set out site-specific measures to mitigate noise and vibration related impacts to residents and businesses.
- Provide municipalities with 72-hours advance notice of construction work scheduled beyond municipal noise bylaw hours.
According to the project proponents, the Evergreen Line should remove around 60,000 cars from the road by 2020 as well as reduce greenhouse gas output by 18.3 kilotonnes.