April 11, 2007

Vancouver’s Canada Line breaks ground at future station site

Vancouver, British Columbia – Canada Line’s tunnel boring machine achieved a milestone yesterday when it broke ground north of Pender Street at Granville, the future site of the Canada Line Waterfront Station. The Canada Line rapid transit system will run fully separate from traffic between the transportation hub at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport, and will have a transit capacity equivalent to ten road lanes.

“This is an important breakthrough for us all,” says Premier Gordon Campbell. “The city, the region and the province will all benefit. It shows the power of partnership in opening the Pacific Gateway while we reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic growth. Compact and healthy urban development helps make public transit work, and it’s estimated that this one project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 14,000 tons by 2020.”

The arrival of the machine into the Waterfront Station excavation pit marks the completion of the first of two bored tunnels beneath downtown Vancouver. The tunnel boring machine will now be disassembled and transported back to the 2nd Avenue worksite near False Creek to start the second tunnel, which will be completed in the spring of 2008.

The first tunnel is 2.5 km long and has taken 10 months to complete, using 10,000 pre-fabricated concrete lining segments to make the tunnel walls. The Canada Line is funded by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority (TransLink) and the Vancouver International Airport Authority, and is also supported by the cities of Vancouver and Richmond.

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