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 916 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.
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.
Today is a historic day as pen was set to paper in a deal that will improve transit in our region!
A $93 million order for 28 new SkyTrain Mark III cars from Bombardier Transportation was made by TransLink and the provincial government.
This is part of the $2 billionPhase One of the 10-year vision that is funded 50 per cent by the federal government, 33 per cent by the province and the rest from our region and TransLink.
The new SkyTrain cars will provide additional service and capacity on the Expo and Millennium Lines increasing the rapid transit fleet to 314 cars.
With these new cars coming into service, 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.
“With the critical support of our federal, provincial and regional partnerships, TransLink is ready and eager to start implementing service and infrastructure improvements outlined in Phase One of the 10-Year Vision. Today’s announcement is just one in a series of steps we’re taking to expand service for our customers and reduce wait times and crowding.”
Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO
The new train cars are schedule to start arriving in 2018 and after extensive testing, enter into service by early 2019.
Starting in January 2017, TransLink will begin service improvements using the existing fleet for the Expo, Millennium and Canada Lines and SeaBus, with additional bus and HandyDart service improvements beginning in April 2017.
Transit and transportation improvements in Phase One
10% increase in bus service
15% increase in HandyDART service
20% increase in rail service following delivery of new rail cars (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Evergreen Extension, Canada Line, West Coast Express)
Pre-construction and consultation on Broadway subway and Surrey-Langley light rail
New funding for improvements to the Major Road Network
Expansion and improvements to cycling and pedestrian networks
May 2nd marks the 30th anniversary of Expo ’86 – the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication held on the north shore of False Creek. North America’s largest World’s Fair was a monumental event for Vancouver that left a lasting legacy, notably, Metro Vancouver’s first Rapid Transit SkyTrain – the Expo Line, built for and named in anticipation of the fair. SkyTrain debuted as the first and one of the longest, fully-automated, driverless, rapid transit systems in the world
“Transportation and Communication: World in Motion – World in Touch” coincided with Vancouver’s centennial celebration and was opened by Prince Charles and Princess Diana.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana riding the Expo Line in 1986
The Royal Couple
A lot has changed in 30 years, and we’ve summarized some fun facts below about SkyTrain, Metro Vancouver, and BC in general.
Main line track (km)
Annual boardings (millions)
258 (+28 by mid-2016)
One-zone cash fare (at Jan 1)
Metro Vancouver population
1.38 million (census)
2.54 million (BC Stats projection)
Detached home price
Minimum Wage (per hour)
Can you spot the station?
Do you remember these tickets?
The very first Ticket Vending Machines
Do you have an Expo ’86 memory you’d like to share? Did you take SkyTrain when it first launched?