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UPDATED: Expo and Millennium lines reopen after B.C. earthquake

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DH Vancouver Staff Dec 29, 2015 12:31 am

UPDATE at 1:14 a.m.: SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines have reopened and are resuming service. There will be one last run from King George to Waterfront Station as SkyTrain is nearing the end of its oepratio hours for the day.

EARLIER: 

Following this evening’s magnitude 4.3 earthquake near Victoria, TransLink has announced that all SkyTrain Expo and Millennium line train service has been suspended until further notice as a precaution. Station entrances along both lines have been closed.

The earthquake hit at approximately 11:40 p.m. Tuesday and was felt in Metro Vancouver. Maintenance crews will be conducting thorough checks to ensure the elevated guideways have not been damaged and are still safe for trains to use.

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A bus bridge is in the process of being formed. Canada Line and SeaBus are still operational.

The concern over SkyTrain safety revolves mainly around certain sections of the Expo Line’s guideway structures. Some sections of the guideway were completed in 1983 as part of a demonstration project, before the Expo Line opened in time for the 1986 World’s Fair – when seismic building codes were less advanced.

The Millennium Line is also affected by the shut down as its route also partially operates on Expo Line track.

The Canada Line is not affected due to its seismic resiliency.

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