TransLink rolling out large service change on Dec. 19, customers urged to plan ahead
TransLink is rolling out one of the largest service changes on record starting Monday, Dec. 19, and SkyTrain and bus users are urged to plan ahead.
These changes are largely due to the opening of the Evergreen Extension, scheduled to open Dec. 2. With the addition of six new SkyTrain stations and 11 kilometres of track, this opening will affect some bus routes and parking restrictions in the Tri-Cities.
Due to the opening of the Evergreen Line, 22 bus routes in the Tri-Cities will change, including the C24, 97 B-Line, 160, 188 and the 143.
The new line contains six stations:
- Lafarge Lake Douglas Station
- Lincoln Station
- Coquitlam Central
- Inlet Centre
- Moody Centre
- Burquitlam Station
- Lougheed Town Centre
The new extension means a change to the existing Millennium and Expo Lines.
The Millennium Line will no longer run to Waterfront Station, it will take you from VCC-Clark to Lougheed Town Centre and will continue onto the Evergreen Line extension when it opens.
The Expo Line will now have two routes, one travelling between Waterfront and King George stations and a second between Waterfront and Production Way-University station.
The Evergreen Line opens to the public at noon on Friday.
“We are thrilled that the Evergreen extension is opening on December 2. Having rapid transit in our community opens up significant transit opportunities to help reduce traffic and for businesses to attract new customers from across the region,” said Mayor Mike Clay, City of Port Moody, in a release. “The introduction of the Evergreen extension into Port Moody is the most significant transit infrastructure improvement to be made in our community in decades.”
Starting Nov. 28, TransLink will update its Trip Planner to help commuters get ready for the upcoming changes.
Transit will run on Christmas Day and Boxing Day but it will run on a Sunday / holiday service schedule and some routes will be modified.
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