British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure announced yesterday, Thursday October 4th, that SNC-Lavalin has been selected as the preferred proponent for the design, build and finance of the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit project, in Vancouver, Canada.
The Request for Proposals (RFP) evaluation was undertaken by an evaluation team including leading experts in rapid transit systems design and construction, construction traffic management, finance, environment, engineering and other technical areas.
The SNC-Lavalin team includes:
- SNC-Lavalin Inc.
- Graham Building Services (a Joint Venture)
- International Bridge Technologies Inc.
- Jacobs Associates Canada Corporation
- Rizzani de Eccher Inc.
- S.E.L.I. Canada Inc.
- SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc.
- SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Western) Inc.
- MMM Group Ltd.
The Evergreen Line project will link the cities of Burnaby, Port Moody and Coquitlam with an 11km (6.8-mile) advanced light rapid transit line between Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby and Douglas College in Coquitlam. The components of the project include elevated and at-grade guideways, a 2km (1.25-mile) long bored tunnel, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.
The project will fully integrate into the existing SkyTrain system, linking directly to the Millennium Line, with connections to the Expo Line, Canada Line, the West Coast Express and regional bus networks.
Construction cost for the Evergreen Line is estimated to be CA$1.4 billion. Funding is being provided by the government of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and TransLink.
The B.C. government is contributing CA$583 million and will also oversee construction of the project. The Government of Canada is contributing up to CA$417 million. TransLink is contributing CA$400 million and will operate the Evergreen Line when it is complete.
Construction of the Evergreen Line will create 8,000 direct and indirect jobs.
Early construction works are well underway and are laying the groundwork for major construction. Major construction will begin in the late fall of this year, once the contract is signed. The Evergreen Line is on track to be open for service in the summer of 2016.