TransLink’s newest SkyTrain trains will begin rolling into service later this summer to provide the Expo and Millennium line train systems with more capacity.
In 2012, the public transit authority ordered 28 additional cars – the first new generation Mark III vehicles designed and manufactured by Bombardier – at a cost of $90.7 million.
Earlier this month, it was announced that another 28 new cars will be ordered over the next three years for $112 million through a funding agreement between the federal and provincial governments and TransLink. Another 22 new cars will also be added to the Canada Line, which uses a different type of track gauge and rolling stock technology.
The Mark III trains will be connected into seven four-car fully-articulated trains, allowing passengers to walk from one end of the train to the other while also maximizing floor capacity. Compared to older models, there is a marginal reduction in the number of seats to allow for more passengers through additional standing areas and accessible and suitable spaces for bicycles and luggage.
Other new and improved features on the new trains include an upgraded LED lighting system, new passenger doors designed to reduce noise, significantly larger windows along the length of the train that extend down to the waist level, and a large windshield on the fronts of the trains.