Hear that? It’s the sound of Metro Vancouver commuters and the environment rejoicing over ground finally being broken on the Evergreen Line.

After a decades-long wait full of uncertainty and doubt, shovels have hit the ground to begin work on the much-anticipated new rapid transit line that will bridge Coquitlam and Vancouver (making Port Moody the middle man).

While the focus is mainly on clearing land and starting electrical work for the next few months, the project is expected to be finished in 2016.

The new Tri-Cities leg of the Skytrain features six new stations, including hot spots like Coquitlam Centre and Douglas College, and will travel through tunnels and above ground, making your daily commute more like riding a mini roller coaster.

Okay, so it might not be quite that exhilarating. But you’ll get some great views, and be doing your part to reduce pollution and road congestion while saving some cash, which is still pretty awesome. And it’s not just commuters that benefit — coming home from a night out in downtown Vancouver will be much more affordable and pleasant.

No more waiting for a $50 cab on Robson or Georgia until sunrise? No more leaving the club at 11:30 to catch the last bus to the ‘burbs? Sign us up!

Coquitlam is sure to follow suit with other neighbourhoods that sit alongside rapid transit, like we’ve seen in Burnaby, and boom with tons of new housing developments. Some developers are one step ahead of the game and have already started building, like these guys:

Bloom by SpringBank Development

Celadon by Polygon

Easton by Allaire Properties

We’re pretty pumped to see how Coquitlam develops now that affordable and convenient transit is right around the corner. What do you expect to see in the coming years? How important is it to you to live close to transit?

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