New trains set to run on Canada Line, capacity boosted by 15% during peak hours

Kristy Schiewe / January 21st, 2020

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond spoke at Richmond Brighouse station to announce the increase in service on the Canada Line.

(Kristy Schiewe / Reporter)

TransLink announced Tuesday that four new skytrains will begin service, which will see an increase in customer capacity by 15 percent during peak times.

The first of 12 new trains are all part of the first phase of the Mayor’s 10-Year Transit Expansion Plan, aiming to increase ridership on the Canada Line by up to 35 percent.

The new trains are expected to carry an 800 people per hour through the Vancouver and Richmond area, and 1200 additional people once all 12 trains are in service.

The additional 8 trains are in the process of being shipped from South Korea and will have to undergo a commissioning period before operating.

TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond says the goal is to have the additional trains running by the spring time, which will then raise ridership to its full 35 percent.

Desmond says he’s confident that the new fleet of trains will withstand Metro Vancouver’s increasing population.

“By our projections, we should be able to address the capacity along the Canada Line corridor, at least well into this decade.” – Kevin Desmond, TransLink CEO. 

50 percent of the 88-million dollar investment is funded through the Federal Government, 33 percent by the Province of British Columbia, and the remaining 17 percent by TransLink.

The trains will provide more space, comfort, and better frequency to riders.