Here’s some exciting news for transit users and transit buffs. If the Canada Line opens early in August, we can take advantage of the convenience and speed of the line earlier.
As I have visited Richmond in the past month or so, I’ve seen quite a few trains running back and forth along the tracks overhead. The stations are coming together, although, there looks to be a lot of wiring that needs to be done.
The Airport portion is probably most complete, but from photos I’ve seen on Canada Line Photography Blog, there is a still a lot of stuff to get done. Most of the glass walls are in place and the escalators look like they are being installed.
In Vancouver, all the stations’ main structures are in place, but the entrances are all coming together. There’s definitely a theme of wood and concrete starting to show. Much more concrete than wood, though. The roads surrounding the stations are still in a state of disarray for the moment.
One concern that has many south of the Fraser and Richmond residents upset, though, is that all, or almost all of, the suburban to downtown routes will discontinued in favour of funnelling those passengers onto the Canada Line at Bridgeport Station. What was a comfortable one seat ride on a highway coach will likely become a two-seat ride where the second half will have to be standing room only.
For all the good and bad, I do look forward to the chance to ride the line when it opens, whenever it opens.