It’s as question transit users have asked over and over again.
Why can’t the SkyTrain run 24 hours a day?
Speaking on CKNW’s Steele and Drex show, President and General Manager of BC Rapid Transit Company, Vivienne King, says the answer is simple.
“We have about 2.5 hours a night to maintain the system, if we don’t get in there, it will not be reliable. If I start taking an hour from the maintainers, running more services, that’s an hour lost in maintenance. It means it will build up and build up and our services will not reliable.”
As for the 2.2% growth in customers system-wide since 2011… she says data will shape future changes.
“Now I can go to my planners and I can say, how we adjust our services. The team is talking about what we have available now, can we squeeze in another service.”
She says new trains should help with any overcrowding problems.
She also addressed fare evasion.
King says it’s not just riders that are frustrated with people either jumping in front of customers, or ‘tail-gating’ them as the pass through Fare Gates – She says staff are frustrated too.
“They let Transit Police know about it, and they try to identify who those people are, and I know for a fact that they have tracked some down.”
King says staff are asked to avoid chasing cheaters, because it could make the situation worse.
“Short of jumping over the gates, jumping onto them, which we tell them not to do. Don’t antagonize a situation.”
Instead, a report is turned in to Transit Police, for them to follow up.