If you’re a West Coast Express commuter frustrated with the recurring delays in recent months, this should be music to your ears.
TransLink’s CEO says he’s confident the issue has been addressed.
November and December saw dozens of West Coast Express trains stalled because of freight trains taking priority on the shared CP railway track.
Passengers waited anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to move again.
TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond says the problem was at CP’s end of the track.
“They were going through some problems with scheduling their freight trains and our West Coast Express trains, unfortunately, were getting stuck behind. But over the last few weeks, I think and I hope, CP has turned the corner on that and they are providing much more reliable access to us.”
TransLink pays CP millions to use the tracks.
Desmond says he’s confident the railway company understands its obligation to TransLink, but admits there’s no guarantee.
In a statement to CKNW, CP says it’s “committed to providing West Coast Express customers with the timely service they expect in 2017.”
But admits freight traffic has increased significantly, and delays can happen.