|Termini||Lougheed Town Centre
|Operator(s)||British Columbia Rapid Transit Company|
|Rolling stock||Mk I and Mk II|
|Line length||11 km|
|No. of tracks||2|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 81⁄2 in)|
|Operating speed||80 km/h (50 mph)|
The Evergreen Line is a planned 10.9 kilometre (6.8 mi) long rapid transit line of the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink) in Metro Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It will run from Lougheed Town Centre SkyTrain station in Burnaby through Port Moody to Coquitlam. It is planned to begin operations by the end of 2014 and to serve 70,000 passengers per day in 2021. Current plans for the line call for the use of tunnels and elevated guideways, using the same automated metro technology as the existing SkyTrain rapid transit lines currently operated by TransLink elsewhere in Metro Vancouver.
Originally, a rapid-transit line going into Coquitlam was intended to be part of the new Millennium Line that was completed in 2002. As the costs of the project rose, however, the plans to build the extension to the new line into Coquitlam were halted, though not before a third incomplete platform on the westbound side of the Lougheed Town Centre station was built, with a spur of tracks for the extension.
After completion of the Millennium Line, TransLink has undertaken several studies regarding the fate of the Coquitlam line, considering a variety of possible options including a diesel multiple unit-based railway, a tram line, a new SkyTrain line, and an express bus service. In September 2002, the 97 B-Line express bus service was implemented. Eventually, in 2004, it was decided that a tram line was the best option, as it would better blend in with the neighbourhood, cost less, better fit the ridership patterns and not compete with customers from the existing West Coast Express.
Detailed design began in October 2006, when the TransLink Board approved the Evergreen Light Rail Transit (LRT) project definition phase. Despite a series of public consultations held during this period, in a community update issued May 2007, TransLink summarized the state of the project as follows: “Work continues to resolve several outstanding issues before the project proceeds. Until there is project certainty, the planned consultation process in support of detailed design, the planned submission of the Application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate and the anticipated start date of the project construction are delayed.”  This prompted local news agencies to interpret the statement as meaning TransLink had shelved the project. TransLink responded by issuing the following statement on July 19:
|“||The Light Rail Transit system for the Northeast Sector is the number one rapid transit priority for TransLink,” TransLink Chair Malcolm Brodie said. “We have defined the project, and now we are waiting for funding to be confirmed from senior levels of government.||”|
On February 1, 2008, the provincial government and TransLink unveiled a revised business case for the Evergreen Line, preferring the Advanced Light Rapid Transit (ALRT) currently used by SkyTrain over the previously accepted light-rail technology. However, the expected completion date has been pushed back from 2011 to 2014.
In addition, on April 18, 2008, the Transport Ministry and TransLink announced that of the two routes proposed in the business case, the North West route was selected after consultation with the various municipalities. On August 5, 2008, The Province of British Columbia and TransLink agreed on Evergreen line delivery.
On May 4, 2009, the Ministry of Transportation released a Project Description Report for the Evergreen Line. The report provided more information about the scope and characteristics of the proposed line, and detailed the project's environmental and socio-economic requirements.
On September 3, 2009, the release of the report on TransLink's 2010 10-year Plan by Martin Crilly, the Regional Transportation Commissioner appointed by the Province of BC, has indicated that rapid transit expansion, which includes the Evergreen Line, is highly unlikely without a predictable source of operational funding. Although he stopped short of offering his opinion on the project, he agreed nonetheless with TransLink that upgrades to the existing system should be placed before the construction of the Evergreen Line. 
On September 11, 2009, the second project update was released by the Evergreen Line Project. The update stated that contractor selection will begin in early-to-mid 2010, environmental assessment to be completed in 2010, with construction to proceed in late 2010. The update also announced open houses for the environmental assessment process for September 2009 and open houses for preliminary design in October and November 2009. The project update did not make reference to the funding issues that remain unresolved.
On October 26, 2009, the Translink Mayor's Council voted against the increasing funding necessary to pursue the Evergreen Line expansion, instead voting for keeping existing services as they are . However on October 28, 2009, Premier Gordon Campbell stated that the line will continue even though it had been voted down.
The September 2009 project update gave the following description of the alignment:
The Evergreen Line will run north from Lougheed Town Centre Station on an elevated guideway along the centre of North Road. Burquitlam Station will be on the east side of Clarke Road near Burquitlam Plaza. Leaving Burquitlam Station, the line will cross to the west side of Clarke Road, before entering a tunnel towards Port Moody.
The Evergreen Line will emerge from the tunnel just east of Barnet Highway. It will travel at ground level along the south side of the Canadian Pacific Rail (CPR) tracks to Port Moody Station, located at the Port Moody transit exchange site. Continuing east, the line will cross the CPR tracks just before Ioco Station, located north of Barnet Highway.
The line will continue along the north side of the CPR tracks towards Coquitlam Central Station, located at the Coquitlam transit exchange site. Turning north, the line will run on an elevated guideway along the west side of Pinetree Way, and will cross to the east side near Northern Avenue, before ending at Douglas College Station, north of Guildford Way.
Potential Additional Stations
Up to two additional stations will be considered based on their ability to shape land use, increase ridership, promote transit oriented development, and be affordable.
The May 2009 Project Description Report and September 2009 Project Update provided previously unconfirmed details about the Evergreen Line, including the following:
Six stations have been confirmed for the opening of the Evergreen Line:
The initial LRT-based plan foresaw eleven stations. As part of the decision to use ALRT technology, four previously planned stations were cut:
Several others were shifted to accommodate the slightly modified alignment
One or two additional stations (likely Queens and Lincoln) are under review, and may be built should conditions warrant their construction.