As 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.
We have some exciting news to share! The first four of 56 cars for the Expo and Millennium Lines, built by Bombardier Transportation, are now on the way to Vancouver from Kingston, Ontario where they recently completed testing. Once they arrive in Vancouver, they’ll will undergo additional testing before entering service.
Keep your eyes peeled on the our Twitter account where “Marky” will be sharing postcards with us from their cross-country trek! If you spot Marky, share your shots and tag us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook using #MyTransLink.
Hey #Vancouver—look what came in the #transit mailbag! It's a postcard from Marky, our new #SkyTrain enroute from @BombardierRail in Kingston, Ontario. Follow along as Marky tweets about their cross-country trek. pic.twitter.com/gYXKldwTTu
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) September 7, 2018
Twenty-four additional cars will arrive by 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. These trains are similar to the 28 SkyTrain cars that arrived in 2016. For the Canada Line, 24 SkyTrain cars are being built by Hyundai Rotem, and will arrive by the end of 2020.
These 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.
This is just the beginning! In Phase Two of the 10-Year Vision, we’re adding an additional 108 new SkyTrain cars to provide increased service on the Expo and Millennium Lines, as well as 50 new SkyTrain cars to replace aging fleet.
UPDATE: Marky arrived the evening of September 12, 2018 and was unloaded the next morning. Watch the time lapse!