Good news if you’re a SkyTrain commuter!
A new four-car train has come into service on the Expo line that will improve capacity on the crowded SkyTrain system and provide a smoother ride.
The updated system will also make it more comfortable for passengers with better air conditioning in the summer and tighter sealing doors to keep out the cold in the winter.
However, there will also be fewer seats in order to make room for bicycles.
Rough start on the media tour
A TransLink official hit the brake too hard, and BC Rapid Transit company president and general manager Vivienne King fell over, only to be helped up quickly by TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
On her feet again, King says it’s a proud day.
“This is additional to the system and will help us with our capacity.”
Increased comfort, but fewer seats
However, TransLink’s Chris Morris says, despite the increased comfort factor, there are fewer seats.
“Working with TransLink, we took out seats to provide an open area for bikes, strollers and standees in the rush hour.”
A new four car “Mark III” train rolled into Waterfront Station this morning and Morris calls it a “dream liner.”
“So the overall affects of the train is you’re in a very light, airy, quiet moving greenhouse.”
It will take roughly 15 years to replace all the older-model cars, some that are 30 years old, for a total cost of $91 million.