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Big News! SkyTrain cars are arriving ahead of schedule!


Today marks yet another great day for transit in Metro Vancouver as TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, along with members of the federal and provincial government, announced the early arrival of new SkyTrain cars for our system!

The deal was inked on a cold day in 2016, as part of funding provided through Phase 1 of the Mayors’ 10-year Vision. Today, the big news is that 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain cars will arrive by the end of 2019! That’s three years ahead of schedule!

Come 2020, we expect to have 80 new SkyTrain cars available for service – 28 Expo and Millennium Line cars to arrive by early 2019, the 28 additional Expo and Millennium Line cars slated for the end of 2019, and 24 Canada Line cars by the end of 2020!

With an increase in new SkyTrain cars entering service, we’ll be able to increase frequency, reducing pass-ups and wait times for our customers. It means trains will be less crowded, with more free seats and increased comfort for all passengers. We know that comfort and convenience are important.

We expect the additional 80 SkyTrain cars will increase capacity by about 10 per cent for Expo Line, 23 per cent for Millennium Line and 30 per cent for Canada Line. This results in a total of 8,200 additional spaces per peak hour on both directions on all three SkyTrain lines.

Record-breaking numbers of people are turning to transit in Metro Vancouver. In 2017, ridership grew 5.7 per cent over the previous year for an astonishing 407 million boardings! More SkyTrain cars means more people will be able to rely on public transit, helping to reduce road congestion, greenhouse gases and improve efficient movement of people and goods across the region.

Miss this morning’s announcement? Catch the replay at the top of this post!

Author: Sarah Kertcher


  • By Joe, A 12 for Transit, February 23, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

    What kind of cars will they be on the Expo and Millenium Lines?

    I know the Canada Line cars will be the same as the Hyundai cars now.

  • By Allen Tung, February 23, 2018 @ 1:46 pm

    Hey Joe, they will be the Mark III trains.

  • By Darryl, February 23, 2018 @ 1:48 pm

    The Expo and Millennium Line cars will be Mark III vehicles, the same as the 28 that were added when the Evergreen Extension opened.

  • By Joe, A 12 for Transit, February 23, 2018 @ 1:59 pm

    YES! More Mark IIIs, the best light rail I’ve rode between TransLink, Sound Transit and TriMet!

  • By Zach, February 23, 2018 @ 2:06 pm

    With these addition cars will Millennium Line gain six car Mark I trains, four car Mark II and Mark III trains?

  • By Allen Tung, February 26, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    Hi Zach, I believe our current plan is to stick with the 2-car trains on the Millennium Line, but we will revisit that in the future as demand increases and more resources become available. The additional cars is going to mean more frequent service, which will reduce wait times. The new SkyTrain cars will result in a total of 8,200 additional spaces per peak hour on both directions on all three SkyTrain lines.

  • By Sam, February 23, 2018 @ 2:07 pm

    How many old will be decommissioned during this periods?
    What will be net total fleet numbers in service now and end of 2019 ?

  • By Allen Tung, February 26, 2018 @ 10:48 am

    Hi Sam, the Mark I Refurbishment project will extend the service life of the 100-400 series Mark I fleet moving their retirement date to 2026.

  • By Elfren Ordanza, February 23, 2018 @ 3:14 pm

    This is exciting news! Would love to see all trains in their longest length on all Expo, Millennium, and Evergreen Line(s). As for the Canada Line, I’m excited for the new cars coming into our system.

  • By Lester Nidoy, February 23, 2018 @ 6:26 pm

    Is the new Canada Line train cars gonna use the same colour as its using now or is it gonna use TransLinks colours

  • By Allen Tung, February 26, 2018 @ 10:52 am

    Hi Lester, I’m told the new Canada Line cars will be similar to the existing fleet, so they will be the same colours.

  • By Vancouver, March 7, 2018 @ 10:40 am

    The 28 new trains came in 2016 for the new extension to Coquitlam.

  • By Allen Tung, March 8, 2018 @ 8:52 am

    Hi Vancouver, that’s correct—we had 28 cars arrive in 2016 for the Evergreen Extension. Now we’re going to have 80 more cars coming!

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