Evergreen Line testing begins

Testing to begin this week on Lougheed to Burquitlam section of the track in Coquitlam

A milestone is being reached this week as testing begins on a stretch of the $1.4 billion Burnaby to Coquitlam Evergreen Line.

Contractors EGRT Construction sent out a bulletin this morning confirming that testing will now begin on the portion of the elevated guideline that is complete between Lougheed Centre Station and Burquitlam Station in Coquitlam.

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Work will include the testing of power, automatic train control and systems and will take place at night between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Efforts will be made to minimize noise and disruptions but nearby residents will notice trains moving at various speeds up and down the guideway.

However, residents are reminded that when the Evergreen Line opens, trains will not be running overnight, although more detailed information about the schedule won't be available until closer to the opening date.

Testing and commissioning are required all along the line to get the rapid transit system operating safely in time for the opening, slated for the fall of 2016.

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