Twenty-eight new Mark III SkyTrain cars have been ordered to improve transit service in Metro Vancouver.
The $9-million purchase is the first investment ordered in the Phase One of the 10-Year Transit plan.
Translink CEO Kevin Desmond says the cars should be running in two years’ time.
“The contract takes about two years to order all the cars, and build the cars. We expect, by contract, to have all of the fleet here by the end of 2018, and we would be in the position to start rolling out in 2019,” he says.
Desmond says with surging ridership, the trains are needed to take pressure off already jammed routes.
“We move more people through the Commercial-Broadway station than YVR moves in a day and as we see additional ridership coming from the Evergreen extension we’re going to be watching that very closely. But we need additional fleets to help relieve some of those capacity constraints so today’s announcement shows that some of that help is on the way,” he says.
The new cars, providing additional service on the Expo and Millennium lines, will raise capacity by 12% during peak periods.