British Columbia

TransLink to add 28 new SkyTrain cars by 2019

TransLink has signed a contract to buy 28 new Mark III SkyTrain cars for a cost of $93 million, officials announced this morning in Vancouver.

Seven new 4-car trains will raise capacity of SkyTrain system by 12%, says TransLink

TransLink announced 28 more Mark III SkyTrain cars will be in service by 2019. (Sia Dezvareh/CBC)

TransLink has signed a contract to buy 28 new Mark III SkyTrain cars for a cost of $93 million, officials announced this morning in Vancouver.

The seven new four-car trains won't be ready for service until 2019, but when they hit the rails they will raise the capacity of the SkyTrain system by 12 per cent during peak periods, TransLink officials said Friday in Vancouver.

TransLink says the longer Mark III trains hold approximately 20 to 50 more passengers than previous models. They are also quieter, have larger windows and more space set aside for bikes, wheelchairs and strollers.

Earlier this year TransLink announced it had bought seven new trains in preparation for the opening of the Evergreen Line.

The new trains are funded by local, provincial and federal funding as part of Phase One of the 10-Year regional transit plan.

Corrections

  • An earlier version of this story said TransLink was buying 28 new SkyTrains. In fact they are buying seven new SkyTrains with four cars each.
    Dec 16, 2016 11:37 AM PT

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