COQUITLAM Though the signs of construction are all over Port Moody and Coquitlam, politicians and project officials paid another visit to the Tri-Cities to remind residents work on the Evergreen Line is still on track.
Officials were also on hand in Coquitlam Saturday to unveil the construction schedule for the next year and the names of the seven stations along the rapid transit line.
The names of the seven stations, from east to west include the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, Lincoln Station, Coquitlam Central Station, Inlet Centre Station, Moody Centre Station, Burquitlam Station and the Lougheed Town Centre Station.
Work on all seven stations will either begin this summer, fall or by early 2014.
Port Moody Mayor Mike Clay called the station names "concise", but suggested the Inlet Centre is not really a name people in the community use to describe the area of the station located at the Barnet Highway and Ioco Road.
However, he said any news regarding the line is a positive.
"We've been waiting a long time for it," Clay told The NOW.
TransLink's CEO Ian Jarvis said the station names are simple, logical and self-locating.
"That's why we worked with Port Moody, Coquitlam and Douglas College to set the final station names that reflect the historical and future significance of the local neighbourhoods being served," he said.
Besides work on the station, construction has also begun on the north portal area to prepare for tunnel boring underneath the Barnet.
The tunnel boring is expected to begin in March 2014.
The work also involves traffic changes, including a major shift at the Clarke Road hill, which is already underway.
But the plans to put a light at the bottom of the hill to allow for drivers to make a left turn at Charles Street, rankled both residents and city council.
While other traffic changes are expected as the project work continues , the Port Moody mayor still has concerns over the way Evergreen handles consultation.
"If you're going to consult with people, you have to listen to what they're saying," Clay said, suggesting it was clear the Evergreen project had its mind made up about Clarke hill prior to consulting with the public.
As for the project, the 11-kilometre line is expected to be complete by the summer of 2016.
Port Moody-Westwwod-Port Coquitlam MP James Moore suggested it was important the line is built right and built in a way that satisfies the needs of the community.
"The Evergreen SkyTrain extension into the Tri-Cities is the single largest transportation infrastructure project in this community's history," he said.
"It's the largest project we've ever had."
Coquitlam-Burke Mountain MLA Doug Horne noted the West Coast Express, which used to have plenty of seats available by the time the train left Port Moody, is now full.
"Once we have the Evergreen Line running, everyone will have a seat, and it's going to be a much faster commute for everyone," he said.
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