Customers support a new look for the next batch of SkyTrain cars

September 13, 2019

Survey responses favour leaning rails, bike racks, more flex space and the return of perimeter seating for 200+ new cars

Earlier this year, TransLink asked the public how it can improve customer comfort as it prepares to procure over 200 new SkyTrain cars, the single largest order of new train cars in the history of the system. TransLink received about 13,500 responses to the survey and respondents support several changes to the interior layout.

  • While forward seating was the most preferred option, one-third of respondents would like some perimeter side seating.
  • Nearly 60 per cent support doubling flex space from two spaces per train to four.
  • Nearly 90 per cent favour leaning rails in flex spaces.
  • Two-thirds support bike racks in flex areas.

The request for proposals for the design and delivery of the vehicles will close at the end of the year. Bidders are required to consider these preferences while still maximizing overall seating capacity when creating their designs. New cars will be used to replace aging Mark I cars and support fleet expansion. The first new train is expected to arrive in 2023.

For more survey details, view the SkyTrain Fleet Expansion Engagement Summary Report.

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