Much of the Expo and Millennium lines came to a standstill early this morning when a train stalled at Edmonds Station.
The mechanical problem began at approximately 6:30 a.m. and regular service resumed just after 7 a.m., but crowding issues at stations and in trains continued through 9 a.m. due to the rush hour backlog.
According to TransLink, the trains were held to prevent bunching, resulting in significant gaps in service when train service resumed to normal.
“There are areas in the system where bunching is occurring so trains will stop when they approach other trains,” reads a tweet by the agency.
Crowding issues occurred at stations along the Expo Line route, but it was most pronounced at Commercial-Broadway Station interchange. Photos posted onto social media show huge crowds in the ticket concourse and long lines on the escalators and staircase to the platform level.
More capacity will be added to the Expo Line in the coming years, including the addition of seven new generation four-car trains in 2016 and a $60 million Commercial-Broadway Station upgrade by 2017.
The station upgrade consists of building a new additional third platform for the old Broadway Station structure and a second pedestrian overpass over Broadway to the Commercial Station. The upgrade is necessary as foot traffic at Commercial-Broadway Station is expected to increase by 25 per cent when the Evergreen Line opens in fall 2016.
— Anna Kalfa (@kalfa980) November 19, 2015
— Terry Schintz (@SchintzCKNW980) November 19, 2015