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Community celebrations mark Evergreen Line opening

First public rides along the Evergreen Line start at noon on Friday but celebrations carry over through the weekend.

A SkyTrain runs along the Evergreen line along North Road on Nov. 29, 2016.

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A SkyTrain runs along the Evergreen line along North Road on Nov. 29, 2016.

TransLink expects the Tri-Cities to be rocking as the Evergreen Line opens to community celebrations this weekend.

Festivities kick off at 10:30 a.m. at Coquitlam Central Station before the first public trains start running noon.

The transportation authority promises a virtual scavenger hunt, live entertainment, children’s activities, games and food throughout the day during the celebration, which runs to 7:30 p.m.

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All other Evergreen Line stations will also have community celebrations from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan says they expect large crowds.

“The people in the Tri-Cities are pretty excited about this new line, we know that they’re eager to see it open,” said Bryan. “I think we’re going to see a good crowd out on Friday, and throughout the whole weekend. We’re ready, it’s something we’ve been planning for a long time.”

Previous transportation infrastructure openings, like the Canada Line, are traditionally very well attended in Metro Vancouver, so be ready for patience.

The city of Port Moody is also having it’s own Evergreen Line community celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Moody Centre Station with live entertainment and hot chocolate.

Mayor Mike Clay said the event will also give people a chance to talk to city planners about the growth the line is expected to bring to the city.

“We’re going to have some fun, it’s a momentous event in our community,” he told Metro. “We just really want to engage with people when it’s not a working day and give people a chance to talk to staff about concerns and where they think we should be going.”

The 11-kilometre, $1.43 billion Evergreen Line is an extension of the Millennium Line SkyTrain, with six new stations in Coquitlam, Port Moody and Port Coquitlam.

When it opens Friday, the entire SkyTrain network will become the world’s longest automated rapid transit network.

For more information on the festivities, visit TransLink’s website.

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