Beginning June 12 and continuing into the fall, SkyTrain will single track at several stations, primarily during late night hours, due to maintenance work and system upgrades.
Riders should plan on up to 20 minutes of extra travel time during these single tracking events.
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Single tracking is when we run trains in both directions over a single piece of track. It’s like taking a two-lane road down to one lane and having a signal or flag, person regulating traffic in the remaining lane so it only flows in one direction at a time. – Ian Fisher, BCRTC
In fact, many railways operate this way where they do not have two tracks to use.
We use single tracking to give crews time to perform necessary work on one track while we keep the other track open for service.
Single tracking – stations and dates:
- Metrotown and Patterson stations (June 12-16, 24-25): Allow 10-20 minutes, Millennium Line operates VCC-Clark – Columbia only
- Columbia and Scott Road stations (June 21-23, 26-28): Allow 5-10 minutes
- Columbia and New Westminster stations (June 29-30, July 3-7): Allow 5-10 minutes
Work has been scheduled to avoid large events, such as concerts, sporting events and community celebrations.
You can learn lots more about single tracking from our interview with BCRTC  last fall.
Thank you for your patience while we perform upgrades and important maintenance work to the system.
Author: Adrienne Coling