Posted on April 16, 2014

Evergreen Line: A Vehicle of Change

Slated to open summer 2016, Translink's long awaited and much anticipated Evergreen Line will connect the communities of Coquitlam and Port Moody to the rest of Metro Vancouver's existing rapid transit lines as well as to the West Coast Express. Since access to frequent and convenient transit service has become a central consideration for more and more prospective homeowners, communities on Evergreen Line's route have begun to shift, change, and grow in no small way.

This change does not come at any surprise as transit development is definitely not something that lives in isolation. It is connected to many other issues such as climate change, housing affordability, universal accessibility, and the use and development of public spaces. For any city or region, its size, structure, and entire makeup is largely a result of how its citizens can move around - and Metro Vancouver is no exception to this rule. As Gordon Price, former Vancouver City Councillor and current Director of SFU's City Program, explained, "Though every city has a love-hate relationship with its transit system, the truth can be found in how it builds and shapes itself. If people can live, work, and fulfill most of their needs by moving around on foot, with assistance from transit and a few other choices...then a balance can be reached and the city can grow without strangling in traffic."

What, exactly, this means for the communities along the upcoming Evergreen Line is really starting to reveal itself. Since its inception, many of Metro Vancouver's real estate developers have moved into the area, proposing thoughtful and in-demand high-rise residential and mixed-use developments. As The Globe and Mail reported, "The goal of regional planners is to shun urban sprawl and instead encourage high-density living in Vancouver’s suburbs. Large clusters of high-rise condos have already emerged. [...] Even though [this is] a suburban part of Metro Vancouver, there are urban pockets." 

At Beedie Living, we're thrilled to be a part of the growth of these already incredible communities that will soon be much more accessible for current and future citizens alike by way of our development Crown next to the future Burquitlam Station, as well as The Austin, located in close proximity to Evergreen Line station at Lougheed Town Centre. The unparalleled connectivity that rapid transit provides will surely spur exciting economic, residential, and community growth of many forms.

To learn more about real estate developments in Coquitlam, check out our properties.