TransLink ‘not disappointed’ after new SkyTrain stalls

Next-generation Mark III train from Bombardier undergoing re-testing after losing propulsion on bridge

TransLink's first Mark III SkyTrain

TransLink’s brand new Mark III SkyTrain cars have been pulled out of service for re-testing following a Sept. 21 incident where the new train lost propulsion and stalled on the SkyTrain bridge between Surrey and New Westminster.

The failure prompted a question at TransLink’s board meeting Friday from director Murray Dinwoodie who wondered if staff remain confident in the next-generation SkyTrain vehicles.

“We’ve brought the train back, we’re looking at it, we’re working with the suppliers of the train, Bombardier,” Vivienne King, president of TransLink’s SkyTrain arm B.C. Rapid Transit Co., told reporters after the meeting.

“I am not disappointed. I think they are great machines. And we will have them out and have customers on them.”

VIDEO: Slick new SkyTrain cars hit the tracks

King said staff are trying to determine if the source cause is an ongoing issue or a freak incident, adding they will ensure the new trains don’t cause delays once they are put out into service.

Both King and TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said it is normal to deal with various problems over the course of commissioning a new rapid transit vehicle.

Desmond in particular bristled at a reporter’s characterization that the new train had broken down.

“It’s not a broken-down transit vehicle,” he said. “It is a $3 million piece of equipment that’s still in testing.”

TransLink paid $90.7 million for the 28 new SkyTrain cars in part to ensure extra capacity to serve the 11-kilometre Evergreen Line, now promised to be in service to Port Moody and Coquitlam before Christmas.

Desmond noted new trains are heavily laden with electronics and sometimes require software updates akin to bug fix patches issued by firms like Apple or Microsoft after a major software release.

Just Posted

Man wanted in connection with attack on taxi driver in Surrey

Assault happened Aug. 8 in the 13200-block of 105A Ave.

Child care awards for Surrey facility and two individuals

Khalsa Childcare Centre honoured along with Tammy Dyer and Vanessa Hickman

LETTER: More caution on roads means fewer grieving families like ours

Our family is one of those grieving the loss of a loved one after yet another crash on our streets

Surrey United to celebrate 50 years of soccer at day-long event Saturday

Dunk tank, bouncy castles, food and more at Cloverdale Athletic Park

South Surrey boy, 10, to help kids in need

Ronin Bulmer is going door-to-door asking for donations

AFN national chief suggests moving Trans Mountain pipeline route

Perry Bellegarde said many Indigenous communities believe in the need to diversify export markets

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Assault charge withdrawn vs. ex-Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna

Former Toronto play agrees to peace bond

UPDATED: Bill Cosby gets 3-10 years in prison for sexual assault

Judge also declared the disgraced comedian a ‘sexually violent predator’

Vancouver Whitecaps release head coach Carl Robinson

Assistant coach Martyn Pert and goalkeeper coach Stewart Kerr are also out

B.C. making progress on senior care staffing, Adrian Dix says

Minister aims to meet residential care provincial standard by 2021

More cameras, police coming after Marissa Shen killed in Burnaby park

Call boxes and increased patrols are also among the $1M in the city’s security measures

B.C. realtor receives racist letter touching on ‘empty homes’

The letter has been met with condemnation of the racism after Winnie Wu posted it online

60+ surrendered cats in Okanagan get people working together

Community comes together to help surrendered cats at Penticton SPCA

Most Read