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Modified late-evening service for Expo Line customers in downtown Vancouver begins July 2

Running rail replacement

Running rail replacement

Heads up to Expo Line commuters in the downtown Vancouver area! Starting Monday, July 2, we resume running rail replacement, which will result in modified late-evening service.

On most Sundays through Thursdays, from 9:30 pm until end of service, Expo Line trains travelling towards Waterfront will terminate at Stadium – Chinatown Station. 

A shuttle train will provide 10-minute service in both directions for customers travelling between Waterfront and Stadium–Chinatown stations. Customers connecting at Stadium–Chinatown Station should allow for 5-10 minutes extra travel time.

You’ll want to watch destination displays and listen for train destination announcements. Extra SkyTrain staff will be out on the system to help direct customers.

The schedule will be adjusted to accommodate special events such as the Celebration of Light fireworks this summer.

Know before you go – this work will require single tracking and changes to regular operating patterns. For up-to-date information on what this means for your commute, please visit

We thank our customers for the patience while we complete this important work. It’s all part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program to keep customers safe, comfortable and moving across a reliable transit network everyday.

Over the next 8 to 10 years we’ll be replacing approximately 5,000 metres of running rail annually to help ensure a smoother and quieter ride for our SkyTrain customers. The running rail is the track the SkyTrain cars operate on.

Since 2015, 9,400 linear metres of running rail have been replaced. Last year, we replaced approximately 5,000 metres of rail at four main locations close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown, and Waterfront stations. We also replaced 21,000 rail pads on the Expo Line between Scott Road and King George between October 2017 and May 2018.

Running rail replacement work in this portion of the Expo Line is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


  • By Sheba, June 29, 2018 @ 9:20 am

    How long is this work expected to last – days, weeks, months, etc?

  • By Allen Tung, June 29, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

    Hi Sheba, this is expected to last until the end of the year for this portion of the Expo Line. I’ve updated the story to include this information. Thanks!

  • By Elfren Ordanza, July 6, 2018 @ 8:46 am

    When will they replace the rails at Metrotown Station, the trains are rattling awfully loud. After all its station upgrades, I feel they need to have the rails replaced at the same time as well just like Joyce-Collingwood Station for example.

  • By Allen Tung, July 6, 2018 @ 3:38 pm

    Hey Elfren, I know we did some running rail replacement work last year close to Metrotown. In any event, the plan is to replace approximately 5,000 metres of running rail annually over the next 8–10 years, so any rail that has reached the end of its useful life will be replaced. We also do rail grinding as part of our regular maintenance that removes surface imperfections and re-profiles the rail to improve ride quality. Hope this answers your question!

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