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Expo Line Rail and Rail Pad Replacement


As part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program we’re replacing aging SkyTrain tracks on Expo Line, including rail and rail pads, to help ensure a smoother and quieter ride for our customers. Much of this track is more than 30 years old, carrying more than 2 million trains since 1986.

We’re proactively replacing rail and rail pads throughout our system one segment at a time to prevent future need for spot-fixes that can cause unexpected disruption to neighbours and customers.

22nd Street to New Westminster Station

From December 2019 until late 2021, we’re replacing the portion of track between 22nd Street and New Westminster Stations, including 9,800 metres of running rail and 17,000 rail pads.

Know before you go! This work will require single tracking and changes to regular operating patterns. For up-to-date information on what this means for your commute, please visit alerts.translink.ca.

Waterfront to Stadium-Chinatown Station

From December 2018 to spring 2019, we replaced 4,900 metres of rail and 8,400 rail pads on the tracks between Waterfront and Stadium-Chinatown stations, including inside Dunsmuir Tunnel which had one of the worst sections of rail pad corrosion across our system.

Stadium-Chinatown to Main Street-Science World

Between spring 2019 and spring 2020, we replaced about 1,800 metres of rail and 4,000 rail pads between Stadium-Chinatown and Main Street-Science World stations.

We know that customers and neighbours may experience varying levels of noise during this work and we appreciate your patience as we work closely with the contractor to minimize the impact of this project.

  • Nighttime work will take place from 9:30 p.m. until 5 a.m. most weeknights
  • Neighbours can expect nighttime noise depending on proximity to the work area, involving intermittent cutting and grinding of steel, diesel-powered work trains, and the hoisting and placement of steel.

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