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Monday, August 10, 2009

Vancouver’s Canada Line to start service August 17

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When it begins service on August 17, SkyTrain's newest line will bring rapid rail service to Metro Vancouver's busiest north-south corridor, linking Downtown to Richmond and Vancouver International Airport. The Line will connect people to dozens of local destinations—and a whole world of travel possibilities beyond.


Canada Line adds 16 new stations and 19 km (about 12 miles) to the SkyTrain network. Nine stations are located in Vancouver, with four in Richmond and three on Sea Island serving the Airport.



From 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. August 17,  rides will be free. Regular service begins August 18.



The Canada Line project consists of:


• An underground tunnel from Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver going south under Granville Street, Davie Street, False Creek, and Cambie Street to south of 64th Avenue;


• An elevated guideway climbing from south of 64th Avenue across the Fraser River to Bridgeport Station in Richmond, and continuing west to Sea Island and Vancouver Airport and south to central Richmond along No. 3 Road;


• A park-and-ride facility at the Bridgeport Station and bus exchanges at Bridgeport, Marine Drive and Richmond City Centre Stations; and



All Canada Line stations are wheelchair-accessible. Every Canada Line train accommodates four wheelchairs.




Cell phone coverage is available all along the line, even underground!




Bridgeport Station Park and Ride has 600 parking stalls available during rush hour for commuters.

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