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Path of Possibility: The Evergreen Line

Nov 30, 2012

The Evergreen Line is designed as an 11km rapid transit line in Metro Vancouver. It seamlessly connects the municipalities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Port Moody through six stations to the region’s successful SkyTrain system, local bus service, and the West Coast Express commuter rail.

Here’s a bit of insight into VIA’s station design process:

Transit Planning Influences


Evergreen Line Station Alignment

Lougheed Town Centre Station: Engage the Existing

Platform canopy and vertical circulation addition designed to respect and enhance existing station architecture

Burquitlam Station: Development Interface

Curving walls and generous canopies lead patrons from bus stops to entrance portals –
asymmetrical roof forms respond to street conditions, existing retail malls, future development and views

Port Moody Station: Transit Connector

Entrance locations and sweeping roof forms provide strong visual clues to aid patron understanding of the pedestrian circulation system inside the intermodal station

Ioco Station: Establishing a Hidden Presence

Distinctive curved facades and bookend roof forms provide strong visual recognition of the dual entrances of this otherwise below grade station

Coquitlam Central Station: Protection from the Elements

Roof and facade elements enhance the experience through environmentally sensitive design

Douglas College Station: Community Connection

Dual entrances respond to current pedestrian crossings serving City Hall, Douglas College and future connection to Cultural Center


Thriving, Vibrant Communities

Transit stations are hubs for transportation, but become truly integral to the urban fabric when they form community hubs. This can be achieved by striving to build upon a community’s existing social and cultural connections, rather than focusing solely upon the physical connectedness of a neighbourhood.

One Comment

  1. That should be Lougheed Town Centre station – this is Canada!