Is there a problem with TransLink’s new Mark III cars?
The question comes after another SkyTrain car of that model failed on the tracks Monday morning.
The first time was back in September when the new model was going through test runs. That time, TransLink said it ran out of power.
But for a second time, in the middle of the first weekday of network changes, the train halted once again.
Vivienne King with TransLink says Monday’s incident was due to a surge in power.
“You know when you have a power influx in your home and a breaker will go and you literally have to go outside and reset that breaker. We have that happen across the system occasionally, and when that happens to one of our trains we need to reset it.”
The car stalled during early morning hours at Lougheed Station and had to be driven manually.
King says it could’ve happened to any car, it just happened to be a Mark III.
“This is not about the train itself, it’s about having a power spike in the system and setting off a breaker which is a safety requirement, so a completely different issue. In September it wasn’t a power issue it was the software saying there was a power issue and once that software was upgraded, that problem went away.”
King says there are six Mark III models running on the Expo Lines.