SkyTrain’s Expo and Millennium lines are operating normally this morning following yesterday’s service disruption that caused a shutdown west of Commercial-Broadway Station into downtown Vancouver.
The disruptions began at approximately 3 p.m. when a train came to a stop near Main Street-Science World Station due to an electrical issue. Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the train before it came to a halt.
“A SkyTrain Attendant was at the problem train within minutes of the problem occurring and all passengers on the affected train were safely evacuated within an hour,” reads a statement by TransLink. “The area was powered down, brakes applied, and a second train was pulled up alongside the train to evacuate and move the passengers to a station.”
Normal service was restored at 11 p.m. last night. At 5 a.m. this morning, at the start of Wednesday morning’s service, the Expo and Millennium lines were operating at near full service levels. According to TransLink, some trains still required inspections for damage following yesterday’s incident before they could be cleared for normal operations.
Maintenance crews have indicated the power-collector equipment on the problem train was damaged and it subsequently caused a power outage on that section of the system.
TransLink says it deployed up to 69 buses to form a bus bridge between Commercial-Broadway and Waterfront stations. As well, extra trains were placed into service on the Canada Line – all trains were operational at some point of the evening in response to the spillover of passengers.
Long lines were experienced at bus stops across Vancouver during the evening’s rush hour.