evergreen line

BC Budget 2010: Nevergreen?

Anyone else catch Hansen's mention of the Evergreen Line in the budget speech?
"We expect construction of the Evergreen Line to start in 2011, creating about 8,000 construction jobs and further adding to our quality of life". For a brief moment, I thought this was it, that they've been inspired by the recent astounding success of public transit during the Olympics.

Evergreen Watch: 'Moody Locals Looking for Third Station

It is wonderful to see people taking action on something well before it's too late - it seems that far too often, everyone waits until all the decisions have been made to actually begin talking about changing the course of a plan already in development.

A group of citizens in central Port Moody is taking pre-emptive action, and is currently organizing to ensure they get more than the two stations already drawn into the plans for the Evergreen Line.

Evergreen Line Threatened Again

The plot thickens in the Evergreen Line debacle yet again. Ken Hardie, Translink spokesman, said on Wednesday: "we don't have the money to build the Evergreen Line". The threat to cancel or postpone the project is ridiculous, and the timing is questionable.

Feds Drop More Money on the Evergreen Line

So Harper's Conservatives have apparently solidified the Evergreen Line funding mentioned in the 2009 budget, adding $350 million more to the project, bringing it within $173 million of its $1.4 billion total cost.

(Interesting how you can build an entire, expensive Skytrain line for 1/2 the price of a 10-lane bridge).

"Bad Times" Budget = Good News for the Evergreen

Perhaps the biggest news for BC coming out of the 2009 federal budget is the announcement that funding for the Evergreen Line, connecting the Millenium Line to Port Moody and Coquitlam, is going to come - and soon.

The Evergreen Line - originally conceived of as a streetcar, but recently turned into a SkyTrain project - has taken its rightful place as the most important infrastructure project in the province.

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