UPDATE: (12:35 pm) TransLink said service has now been restored, but travellers should still expect some delays as the backlog clears.
TransLink said they believed the issue was was caused by a large lightning strike in the area of New Westminster Station.
“The train was not hit, but the lightning appears to have caused a spike in power which affected the propulsion system on the train,” they explained.
ORIGINAL STORY: A problem with a train on the Expo Line SkyTrain is currently causing delays for commuters travelling in and through New Westminster.
TransLink said the delay is affecting service between Gateway and Joyce-Collingwood Stations. Trains are being held at stations longer than usual as a result.
While TransLink said the problem train has been moved to New Westminster Station, allowing for single-track service between Columbia and Edmonds Stations, customers travelling between Columbian and Production Way Stations may have to change trains.
Riders seeking alternative routes to SkyTrain are encouraged to consult TransLink’s Trip Planner and select “Don’t Use SkyTrain” under advanced search settings, or contact TransLink’s customer information desk (604-953-3333) for trip planning advice.
TransLink said its crews are working as quickly as possible to restore full service.
The Millenium and Canada Line remain unaffected.