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New Mark III trains undergoing testing and commissioning

New Mark III undergoing testing

This new Mark III train is currently completing a certain number of hours in a variety of different service situations

For those of you who noticed a new arrival on the Expo Line yesterday, it’s the first of the new Mark IIIs that’s getting closer each day to entering service! You heard that right!

We’re happy to say we’re testing and commissioning the newest Mark III train. You’ll see this one 4-car train on the Expo Line during non-peak hours, but no passengers are allowed on until the testing is complete.

The train will stop at all stations and the doors will open – but they will be taped and SkyTrain Attendants will be onboard to ensure no one boards the train.

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

New Mark III SkyTrain testing

Here’s what you will see when this train stops at the station and the doors open.

The train will be tested and commissioned during non-peak hours. It is mandatory for all new trains to undergo eight hours of testing.

As you may recall, we received the first of the new Mark IIIs in September this year. Over the next year, we will be receiving a total of 56 new Mark III SkyTrain cars that will undergo mandated testing to ensure they are safe to travel on. Out of this, 24 SkyTrain cars will arrive early next year and another 28 by the end of the same year, all 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.

All new trains must complete a certain number 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.

All new trains go through three stages of commissioning:

  • Stage 1: Involves running a total of 140 km on Expo (80kms) and Millennium Line (60 kms) during non-revenue hours.
  • Stage 2: Includes running the train a total of eight hours during non-peak revenue service (current stage for the new trains).
  • Stage 3: Involves running the train in full revenue service (during peak and non-peak hours) while transporting passengers.

Train 2 arrived at the SkyTrain Operations and Maintenance Centre at Burnaby in November and is currently also undergoing testing and commissioning. Train 3 is currently being tested in Kingston, ON, while manufacturing of train 4 is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

 

As the new Mark III trains are commissioned, they will be introduced to service on all-day Expo Line runs now operated by Mark I trains.

These trains are fully-articulated (you can walk from one end of the train to the other), have more room for standing passengers, wheelchairs, bikes, strollers and riders with luggage, and are more environmentally efficient, and so much more!

Every 4th new Mark III train will allow us to update the Expo/Millennium service timetables, thereby increasing capacity on both the lines.

Stay tuned to know when the new trains go into service! You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date with service information, and to share cool transit stories with us!

Author: Tanushree Pillai


5 Comments

  • By Adam, December 7, 2018 @ 4:29 pm

    Excellent. Thanks so much for expanding capacity. :)

  • By Anonymous, December 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm

    Appreciate the efforts to increase capacity. As a SURREY resident, a regular bus rider and occasional train rider, I have always wondered what improvements were in the works. I support the changed direction from LRT to Skytrain extension but there are certain technology advances that LRT raised about the existing infrastructure that were suggested as reasons for the departure. I firmly believe advances with technology are needed in the existing infrastructure to increase efficiency. The announcement of the Mark lll lacks reference to improvements other than articulated and ability to walk end to end. It would be great to hear the other benefits that might exist.

  • By Joe, A 12 for Transit, December 9, 2018 @ 8:51 pm

    Please. Name. The. Train. #BadAssBowinn.

    THANKS;

    Signed the ELMTOTS Who Voted In A Poll

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  • By Brian, December 10, 2018 @ 5:42 pm

    “Every 4th new Mark III train will allow us to update the Expo/Millennium service timetables, thereby increasing capacity on both the lines.”

    Since the Expo Line has 1/3 cars going to Production Way, and 1 Expo Line train slots in between two M-line trains between Lougheed and Production Way, does this sentence mean that effectively, for every 4 new Mark III trains that arrive, 3 will be added to create 2 more Expo Line King George trains and 1 more Expo Line Production Way train per rotation, while the 4th one will replace an existing 2+2-car Mark II on the Expo Line, which will become 2x 2-car trains for the M-line?

  • By Yasmine Ali, January 15, 2019 @ 12:52 am

    I need to sit down so that it will be even more difficult for me to use skytrain. As far as I can tell there is enough room for people to stand, have strollers, luggage, etc, already.

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