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TransLink increases capacity on Canada Line rail service

Rail News Home Passenger Rail 1/23/2020 Rail News: Passenger Rail
image Twelve trains will be delivered from Hyundai Rotem in South Korea to TransLink this year.Photo – TransLink

TransLink in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this week added four new trains to the SkyTrain Canada Line service to increase rider capacity by 15 percent during peak hours. 

The four trains are the first of 12 that Hyundai Rotem in South Korea will deliver to TransLink this year. The trains will run on the Canada Line, a 12-mile route that links Vancouver, Richmond and the Vancouver International Airport. The line serves 16 stations.

The trains are funded by the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), a CA$88 million investment from the Canadian government, the province of British Columbia and TransLink, TransLink officials said in a press release.

After more trains are added to the service later this year, capacity will have been increased by 35 percent compared with 2019 service levels, officials said.

To support service increases, the PTIF also provided CA$36 million for operations and maintenance center upgrades and the installation of three escalators at select stations last year. 

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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