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UPDATED: Major Canada Line delays continue this morning, still no service to YVR Airport

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DH Vancouver Staff Feb 09, 2017 12:00 am 3,565

UPDATE at 1:30 pm – Regular train service on the Canada Line has resumed.

EARLIER:

Significant delays on SkyTrain’s Canada Line that began at 9:40 pm on Wednesday during heavy snowfall are continuing through the morning rush hour on Thursday.

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TransLink says there is still no service to Vancouver International Airport, but a bus bridge shuttle is in place to serve the affected stations from Bridgeport Station to YVR Airport Station.

As well, trains are only operating on a single track over the North Arm Bridge over the Fraser River from Marine Drive Station to Bridgeport Station. As a result, delays are continuing with overcrowding and multi-train waits across the system.

There is no indication when normal train service will resume. While snowfall has ended, a freezing rain warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver.

Last night, service disruptions initially began between Bridgeport Station and YVR Station, before later escalating to a complete shut down of service south of Oakridge-41st Station due to snow and ice buildup from Marine Drive Station to Bridgeport Station.

Previous disruptions over the past week were also the result of issues on the North Arm Bridge between Marine Drive Station and Bridgeport Station.

Compared to the system used by the Expo and Millennium lines, the Canada Line’s technology and design is more susceptible to problems from snowfall events, as explained here.

While the Canada Line is owned by TransLink, is is operated by private contractor ProTrans BC, a subsidiary of Quebec-based engineering company SNC-Lavalin. The Expo and Millennium lines are operated by TransLink subsidiary BC Rapid Transit Company.

More to come…


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