“It appears that all trains this morning will be running as per normal and there should be no further problems.”
Sky train is running at normal levels this morning after an electrical failure left commuters scrambling to get home from downtown Vancouver yesterday afternoon.
The total disruption lasted 8 hours, from 3pm to 11pm.
There was no Expo or Millennium line service from Waterfront to Main Street-Science World.
Translink spokesperson Anne Drennan blames the delays on a power failure.
“The power collector equipment in very basic terms is a part of the undercarriage of the train that accepts the power, the voltage from the rails, as a result of the damage to this equipment on one train, a power outage was caused.”
Dozens of additional buses were brought in to get frustrated commuters to their destinations.
— Transit Police BC (@TransitPolice) November 25, 2015
TransLink spokesperson Anne Drennan says at the peak of rush hour, the transit authority put 31 shuttle busses into service to try and get commuters around the backlogged area, with additional trains added added East of Broadway.
“If this continues much longer, every attempt will be made to add additional trains to the line moving from Broadway all the way through to King George Station to try and deal with the loads of people that will congregate at Broadway Station.”
The system problem came just as rush hour commuters were pouring out of work and onto transit. CKNW’s Shane Woodford says bus bridges were packed.
Here is the already massive and growing by the minute line for shuttle buses @ Waterfront Stn pic.twitter.com/11hx89NgDr
— shane woodford (@WoodfordCKNW980) November 24, 2015
Drennan says it’s still unclear what caused the power failure.
“We don’t know what the cause of this power outage is at the moment, whether it’s been caused by a problem on a train or on the track system.”
She says smoke was reported on the line between the Main and Stadium stations, and while Vancouver Fire Rescue services was called, there was no sign of a fire.
Drennan said fortunately, no passengers were trapped on any of the trains.
Last May, SkyTrain service was disrupted for 13 hours after a bird’s nest caused a fire on the line near Main Street station.
Stranded commuters took to social media this afternoon to express their frustration, some with more humour than others.
The breakdown also is also attracting the attention of ride share advocates.
In light of today's skytrain outage, we sure hope that everyone gets home safe tonight!— Uber Vancouver (@Uber_VAN) November 25, 2015