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Ride the first of the new Mark II cars tomorrow!

One of the new Mk II SkyTrain cars will start on our system tomorrow---July 3!

One of the new Mk II SkyTrain cars will start on our system tomorrow---July 3!

Woop woop — the first of our new SkyTrain cars will be running on the system tomorrow, and you’re all invited to ride it!

After the morning rush hour on Friday July 3, look out for train #306 and feel free to get on board when it stops at your station.

The train is now in its “endurance running” phase, after successfully completing extensive testing and trial running. Endurance running requires that the train completes 2000 kilometres of regular service while meeting certain criteria (the equivalent of about one week of service). A critical part of this phase involves passengers boarding and disembarking the trains, so go ahead and climb aboard!

You’ll find a SkyTrain attendant on board to talk to passengers about the new train, plus I think I’ll also pop in to see what people think of it. You can also check out the Buzzer blog’s posts about the car’s new interiors, and photos/video of the exteriors.

This new train is one of the 48 new SkyTrain cars expected before the Olympics, boosting our capacity by 30%—hurrah!

And watch out over the next week: you’ll see some other new Mark IIs start their trial runs at the stations.

Part of the trial run plan requires trains to operate on the guideways, stopping at stations and activating the doors—but the trains won’t carry passengers just yet. You’ll see signs on the windows and staff on board to indicate that passengers are not yet permitted on those trains.


  • By daniel, July 2, 2009 @ 4:39 pm

    k so now they soon gonna be commissioning each skytrain one by one while the others come in? how long is 308 going to be on the tracks?

  • By Elfren Ordanza, July 2, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

    Man, man, man, now I’m starting to get more excited about one of the new Mark II Skytrain. Hopefully , I would be there too.

  • By Bryan, July 2, 2009 @ 9:32 pm

    Well i guess i now know what to do tomorrow… on a side note do you know what’s going on with 315/316 cause I’ve seen it in the yard for a while now?

  • By Dave 2, July 3, 2009 @ 12:12 am

    Terrific… the 2 car MK-II trains in rush hour on the M-line can be brutal in rush hour…48 new cars will be appreciated!

  • By Jeff, July 3, 2009 @ 8:39 am

    That is awesome….very exciting. I will have to keep a listen out for it (I live right near the tracks) and I noticed they have a very different motor sound than even the other Mark II’s

  • By bryan, July 3, 2009 @ 12:26 pm

    Well after going for a ride pn it, I have to say its very comfortable. Jennifer, ill have some pictures posted on my site later today.

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  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, July 3, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

    daniel, Bryan: the next cars (I don’t know what their numbers are) will begin doing test runs on the system in the coming weeks, although without passengers. I’m also told that the next two-car pairs will probably be run as a 4-car train so we can get some solid operating experience in both configurations.

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