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New Canada Line cars arrive in Metro Vancouver

August 01, 2019

RICHMOND, BC — Canada Line customers will soon see improved capacity and an increase in frequency with the first of twelve new two-car trains delivered earlier today. The remaining eleven trains will be shipped from South Korea throughout the remainder of this year and into early 2020.

The new trains are scheduled to go into service early next year following comprehensive testing and commissioning. Once in service, customers will benefit from:

  • An increase of up to one minute in frequency during peak periods.
  • An increase of 25 per cent in passenger capacity – carrying nearly 1,400 more people per hour.

“The Canada Line has proven to be a popular service connecting major hubs and city centres,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “More cars means an increase in convenience and comfort for our Canada Line customers. Customers are going to see and feel a difference in their daily commutes.”

Along with fleet expansion, the Operations and Maintenance Centre (OMC) has been upgraded. We’ve added four new tracks, a new gate/driveway, automatic train controls, and power and communications to help store and maintain all Canada Line trains. This work began in 2018 and is expected to complete this summer.

Canada Line customers may have also recently noticed a brand-new escalator at Yaletown–Roundhouse that went into service just last week. The installation of new escalators at Yaletown, Vancouver City Centre and Waterfront are underway to get ready for the expanded service.

The fleet expansion, OMC, systems and station upgrades are part of a $123 million investment outlined in the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision and funded by the Federal Government (50%), Provincial Government (33%), and TransLink (17%).

Quick facts:

  • In 2018, the Canada Line had 147,000 average weekday boardings.
  • There was a 5.3 per cent increase in ridership in 2018 compared to the year prior.

Learn More:

VIDEO Canada Line Cars arrival

Quotes:

Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities –
“We’re very pleased to have supported these important enhancements to the Canada Line to help address the growing ridership throughout Metro Vancouver. Making public transportation more accessible, convenient and enjoyable is essential to encouraging more people to leave their cars at home and reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by gridlock.”

Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink –
“We’re seeing record levels of transit ridership right across Metro Vancouver and the Canada Line is no exception. These new cars are just one part of an exciting expansion in service currently underway and our government will continue working with the Mayors’ Council to deliver effective transit solutions that will keep people moving around the region where they live, work, play and learn.”

Malcolm Brodie, Mayor of Richmond –
“The Canada Line has become an increasingly popular service that has really shaped Richmond’s downtown core. This is great news for the hundreds of thousands of commuters who rely on the service every day. It is important investments like these that not only make our system more attractive, but also connect our communities.”



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