Good news if you’re getting ready to head home for the evening commute.
TransLink says it’s cleared a backlog of disabled trains and regular service is resuming after after a mid-afternoon meltdown left a dozen trains out of commission.
TransLink spokesperson Anne Drennan says a technical issue around 1 p.m. impacted service on the Expo Line in both directions from Waterfront to King George.
“There were 12 trains are impacted by the issues and those trains have to be manually driven back to the stations, six of them have already been brought back in.”
Millennium Line was temporarily extended to Edmonds, while the Expo Line was running between King George and Edmonds stations only, with service to downtown paralyzed.
Drennan says the problem was a “train control communications issue,” in which the 12 impacted trains lost contact with the main computer system and froze.
The Canada Line was unaffected.
The shutdown left passengers, some forced to wait for up to an hour for service to resume, furious.
One commuter who was hoping to travel to Metrotown on the Expo Line says his children were waiting for him to get home from work.
“I’m angry, I’m sure all these people are angry. We all, I guess when it gets to the end of the day, want to go home. I’m going to complain this time, I’m done with this. This is foolishness.”
Many commuters complained that the delays were not communicated and that there were not enough staff on platforms to provide information.
Mark III problems
Earlier this month, TransLink acknowledged there was a problem with its new Mark III trains, saying their sensors were so sensitive they were causing trains to shut down in non-emergency situations.
Last week, one of the trains went down because a cooling fan problem; the day before, one shut down because of a power surge.
And back in September, one was sidelined after losing power.
Seven of the new Mark III cars have been budgeted at $91 million, with 28 in total expected over the next three years.