Some big changes are coming to SkyTrain.
Translink is rolling out a new operating network in anticipation of the Evergreen Line opening before Christmas.
The Millennium Line will no longer service downtown Vancouver, as of October 22nd.
Instead, it will operate east-west from VCC-Clark to Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby.
Translink CEO Kevin Desmond won’t say exactly when the 11-kilometre SkyTrain extension will open.
“This milestone of October 22nd is really key to start working the system and that really supports the testing environment and it’s a great opportunity for our customers before the extension opens to get use to the new pattern.”
The Expo Line will also have a separate branch running from Waterfront to Production Way-University in Burnaby.
- The Expo Line will have two branches. One will travel between Waterfront in downtown Vancouver and King George Station in Surrey. A second will travel between Waterfront and Production Way-University in Burnaby.
- The Millennium Line will no longer travel to Waterfront Station, instead, it will travel east-west from VCC-Clark station in Vancouver to Lougheed Town Centre in Burnaby.
- Customers can transfer between Expo and Millennium lines at Commercial-Broadway, Lougheed Station or Production Way-University.
- Customers transferring between the Expo and Millennium Line at Production Way-University can hop off one train and onto another on the same platform.
- Once the Evergreen Extension opens, the Millennium Line will operate between VCC-Clark and Lafarge Lake/Douglas stations. Customers will have a one-seat ride between Lafarge Lake/Douglas and VCC-Clark with no transfer required.
Ian Fisher with BC Rapid Transit says there will be increased service to meet demand.
“The current way that the Millennium line works has caused confusion for a decade because the Millennium line comes through it doubles back on itself and then it passes through the same station twice, that has caused alot of confusion for our customers. This future operating plan changes that.”
The Evergreen Line, connecting Coquitlam to Burnaby, is expected to open by the end of 2016.
You can take a look at the full list of changes by clicking here.