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“Marky” — the newest Mark III SkyTrain is here!


After an epic, week-long journey across Canada, Marky — the newest Mark III SkyTrain — is now here! Marky arrived the evening of Sept. 12 and was unloaded the next morning on Sept. 13. Check out the time lapse above, and the photos below!

The four cars are now connected as one train and will be undergoing additional testing before they enter service.

Think of the trains as pilots. They have to complete a certain amount of hours in a variety of different service situations and testing scenarios before they are given the green light to be used in service. We do this testing to ensure that the new trains are safe for all passengers and staff.

The third and final phase of testing allows SkyTrain customers to ride the Mark IIIs just before they are officially put into regular service.

Marky’s the first four of 56 cars (no. 429, 430, 431 and 432) for the Expo and Millennium Lines, built by Bombardier Transportation, to arrive.  Twenty-four additional cars will arrive early next year and another 28 by the end of the same year, for a total of 56 cars for the Expo and Millennium Lines.

This is all part of the 10-Year Vision – Phase One! We’re adding 80 new SkyTrain cars on the Expo, Millennium, and Canada Lines to increase service and reduce overcrowding.

Author: Allen Tung


5 Comments

  • By Chad Moore, September 16, 2018 @ 1:18 pm

    Question, will sky train systems be running later into the early morning from downtown Vancouver??? (2am – 4:30am) on weekends and Sundays??

    Also, less wait time at each stop would be great..

    Thanks

  • By Allen Tung, September 19, 2018 @ 9:38 am

    Hi Chad, this is something we’re looking at right now, so stay tuned. As for dwell times at stations, we welcome your feedback at https://mfb.translink.ca. Sometimes trains do stay at the stations a little bit longer than usual to ensure all the trains are evenly spaced out throughout the system. Thanks!

  • By Mike, September 19, 2018 @ 6:08 pm

    What’s the difference between the Mark III’s already in service and this one?

  • By Lisa Yeoman, September 20, 2018 @ 10:25 pm

    Just wondering when these will go into service on the millennium and expo lines ?

  • By Allen Tung, September 21, 2018 @ 9:56 am

    Hi Lisa, they’re undergoing testing right now and is expected to enter service this winter.

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