New Canada Line trains will carry up to 800 more people per hour

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Scott Norris, YVR’s vice-president of commercial development; Hedy Fry, Member of Parliament, Vancouver Centre; Malcolm Brodie, Mayor, City of Richmond; Bowinn Ma, Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink; and Kevin Desmond, TransLink’s CEO

Vancouver: Four new Canada Line trains begin service from Tuesday, increasing customer capacity by 15 per cent during peak hours. The brand-new trains will provide more space, frequency and comfort to customers.

These are the first of 12 new trains, which are being rolled out as part of Phase One of the Mayors’ 10-Year Transit Expansion Plan. Once more trains are in service later this year, there will be a total increase in capacity of approximately 35 per cent compared to 2019 service levels.

Delivered through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), this $88 million investment is funded 50 per cent by the Government of Canada, 33 per cent by the Province of British Columbia, and 17 per cent by TransLink.

To support this increase in service, the Canada Line Operations and Maintenance Centre was upgraded and three additional escalators were installed at Canada Line Stations in 2019. This $36 million investment was also funded through PTIF.

The remaining trains are in the process of being delivered from Hyundai Rotem in South Korea. Upon arrival, the new trains will go through testing and commissioning before being certified for revenue service later this year.

Quick facts:

  • In 2019, for the first time, there were more than 50 million boardings on the Canada Line
  • With more than 150,000 trips taken on an average weekday in 2019, that is an increase of about 3 per cent compared to 2018
  • Canada Line is a 19-kilometre route with 16 stations, two bridges and nine kilometres of tunnel
  • 21 per cent of travellers use the Canada Line for their journey to or from YVR
  • Improving transit and transportation infrastructure is a shared priority between government and the BC Green Caucus, and is part of the Confidence and Supply Agreement