West Coast Express passengers stranded for hours on evening commute
Safe disembarking not an option for eastbound evening train, TransLink said
Passengers on the eastbound West Coast Express train No. 4 were stranded between stations for more than four hours hours on Tuesday evening.
TransLink said trains Nos. 4 and 5 of the West Coast Express eastbound to Mission were cancelled due to a police incident west of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WCE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WCE</a> Train 4 & 5 are cancelled due to a police incident. Please contact Customer Information for alternative route information: 604-953-3333. Apologies for the inconvenience. ^DA—@TransLink
Train No. 4, which had a scheduled departure time of 5:30 p.m. PT, had already left Waterfront Station and stopped at a point where passengers could not safely disembark.
"We are currently working on getting passengers off of train 4, and train 5 has been cancelled," a spokesperson wrote. "Passengers hoping to board train 5 are being asked to take the Millennium Line and transfer to bus for the rest of their trip."
TransLink said a "rescue train" was sent for train No. 4 to take passengers to Mission.
However, that rescue train, which reached the stranded train at around 7:30 p.m. PT was only five cars long and train No. 4 had 10 cars, meaning not all passengers could be taken.
Those left on board were en route to a station at around 9:35 p.m. PT.
TransLink says extra train buses were offered to passengers Tuesday evening.
<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WCE?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WCE</a> Additional train buses have been arranged from Coquitlam Stn to Mission to assist passengers from train 4 & 5. ^DA—@TransLink