June 14, 2006

Tunnel boring for rapid transit line begins in Vancouver

Vancouver, British Columbia – Tunnel boring for Vancouver’s Canada Line transit route has begun from False Creek to the city’s downtown core. The transit line will run completely separate from traffic, between Vancouver International Airport and the transportation hub at the Waterfront Centre.

The Government of Canada has provided $450 million in funding, with the province adding $435 million. The line is also expected to improve movement of residents and visitors during the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympics games.

In Vancouver, the Canada Line will be underground from Waterfront Station to 64th Avenue; 75 per cent will be built by the cut-and-cover method, with the remaining section built as twin-bored 2.5-km tunnels using the tunnel boring machine. The Canada Line rapid transit system will have 16 stations, two bridges, approximately 19 km of tunnel and elevated guideway, parking and bus facilities, and the transit capacity equivalent of 10 road lanes.

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