First new MK III SkyTrain hits the track, but others with months of delay – BC



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Expo or Millennium Line passengers this week can glimpse the first of the 56 new Mark III SkyTrain cars to Metro Vancouver, but will not yet be able to board.

The new, longer four-car train works during the less-traveled times as part of phase 2 of its tests.

It includes more space for standing passengers, wheelchairs and bicycles, and is fully articulated – meaning that passengers can ride from one train to the other.

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Trains will stop at stations along the lines, but passengers will not be able to get on board – the doors will be plugged, and transit workers will pedal on the trains to make sure they remain empty.

A second, new Mark III train arrived in Burnaby last month, where it is undergoing phase 1 of its tests, which involves running 80 miles on rails during non-service hours.

Train two portrayed on a trail in Burnaby.

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TransLink says another 24 SkyTrain cars are due to arrive early next year – but authorities admit they are running behind.

At TransLink's Thursday meeting, acting BC Rapid Transit Corporation (BCRTC) chief executive and general manager said the cars are running two to three months behind schedule.

"This is a Bombardier problem and we are working with them on that. Actually, we are hopeful that when we get to train 14, we will have reduced it a bit," he said.

"They put a lot of quality assurance to ensure there will be no delays throughout the testing and commissioning."

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Part of Bombardier's plan to reduce delays is 5,000 kilometers of testing at a runway in Kingston, Ontario, so there are fewer surprises when trains arrive in B.C.

Another 28 SkyTrain cars are scheduled for delivery by the end of next year.

A train arrives in Burnaby on a platform truck.

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BCRTC said the new trains will be entered into regular service once they have completed a third final stage of testing, which involves passenger transportation and crash testing.

He says that once four of the new trains are in full service, TransLink will start adjusting the schedule, with new timelines in April, September, and December.

When all trains are on the way by the end of next year, BCRTC says that will result in a 14% increase in capacity.

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The new cars cost $ 298 million and are part of Phase 1 of TransLink's 10-year vision in transit and transportation. Phase 1 also included $ 88 million for 24 new Canada-line cars due in 2020.

Phase 2 will include another 108 SkyTrain cars and 95 additional cars to replace old parts of the fleet.

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