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Running Rail replacement continues near Stadium–Chinatown Station

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As part of keeping our system in a state of good repair, we are replacing 5,000 linear metres of running rail at four main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations.

The next area of running rail replacement is near Stadium–Chinatown Station and is taking place from today, February 23 to  March 9 16 22. Work will not be done on Fridays and Saturdays and is weather dependent.

Customers can expect modified service between Waterfront and Stadium–Chinatown stations during the specific work times.

A Special SkyTrain Service shuttle will provide 10 minute service in both directions between Waterfront and Stadium–Chinatown stations.

Details:

  • From 9:30 p.m. until the end of service, Expo Line trains travelling towards Waterfront will terminate at Stadium–Chinatown station.
  • Expo Line trains travelling towards both King George and Production Way-University will operate normally from Stadium–Chinatown stations.
  • Expo Line passengers connecting at Stadium–Chinatown should allow for 5-10 minutes of extra travel time.
  • Millennium Line and Canada Line will operate normally.
  • Schedule adjustments due to special events:
    • Tuesday, February 28: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.
    • Thursday, March 2: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.
    • Sunday, Mar. 5: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Whitecaps game.
    • Tuesday, Mar. 7: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.
    • Thursday, Mar. 9: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.
    • Monday, Mar. 13: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.
    • Tuesday, Mar. 14: No work will take place on this date.
    • Thursday, Mar. 16: service change delayed one hour, beginning at 10:30 p.m., to accommodate the Canucks game.

Riders should also be sure to watch destination displays and listen for train destination announcements.

How does this affect your commute? Check out our Alerts Page for pattern changes and upcoming work.
Find more information on the entire project, visit translink.ca/railreplacement.

Author: Adrienne Coling


2 Comments

  • By T Hartwig, February 26, 2017 @ 4:35 pm

    How long will this kind of schedule continue? I do not understand why this cannot wait until after the lines are shut down. It would be much safer for the workers. This is not just an inconvenience for shift workers; it gets very risky waiting so long for a train on a platform without attendants, and then the trains are standing room only. This is, what, year 3? Please consider doing the work after the lines shut down for the night.

  • By Adrienne Coling, February 27, 2017 @ 12:43 pm

    Hi there,

    This work is part of part of the SkyTrain Rail Asset State of Good Repair Program. We expect to be complete with this year’s Running Rail Replacement project work in early summer with varying SkyTrain service changes depending on work location. This is an annual project that will happen over the next 8-10 years with work typically being done early spring to early summer.

    Some previous projects that have required changes to regular SkyTrain service in the evenings have included power rail replacement, rail grinding and Expo Line Upgrades. You can look at those here: http://www.translink.ca/en/Plans-and-Projects/Station-and-Exchange-Improvements/Expo-Line-Upgrades.aspx

    The timing on this work is the way it is because it has the least amount of impact to customers. The SkyTrain starts in the 5 AM hour and crews are doing this work from 9:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. It just isn’t feasible to get the equipment set up, do the necessary work per night, and remove the equipment in time for the first morning trains if we did the work after hours. If at any point you feel unsafe, please text Transit Police at 87-77-77. Another good rule of thumb is to stand at the Designated Waiting Area — it has brighter lighting, emergency phone and CCTV which looks at that specific area.

    I hope this helps you understand the project a little better. Thanks for reaching out!

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