UPDATE at 12:10 p.m. – SkyTrain’s Expo Line is resuming regular service. Free transit on all services applies for the entire day.
Travel on all modes of Metro Vancouver’s public transit network will be free for the duration of the day due to ongoing major service disruptions with the Expo Line.
TransLink is providing riders with free fares on all buses, SkyTrain (Expo Line, Millennium Line and Canada Line), SeaBus and the West Coast Express.
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) May 22, 2015
Critical fibre-optic communications cables were damaged at 11 p.m. Thursday evening near Main Street-Science World Station while crews were performing track grinding maintenance. Sparks from the grinding landed on a birds nest below the track, causing a fire that destroyed a metre span of the cables.
Crews are working on repairing the damage, which has disrupted service with trains turning around at Joyce-Collingwood Station. Trains are not moving any further west.
TransLink hopes to have regular service resume later this morning or early afternoon.
“We know this will cause a major inconvenience to our customers, and our dedicated people are doing everything they can to get service up and running as quickly as safely possible,” said Colleen Brennan, Vice President Communications and Customer Engagement.