Another Vancouver Sun “PUFF” Story
In one of the greatest non stories from the pages of the Vancouver Sun, the announcement that the Evergreen ART cars will be operated on the ALRT/ART system as they arrive.
Why wouldn’t they?
Let us not forget the Evergreen Line is the unfinished portion of the NDP’s boondoggle, the Millennium Line.
The entire story is nothing more than the continuing ‘puff’ stories by the Vancouver Sun, written by a reporter that is more of a PR flack than a reporter.
Just another Vancouver Sun embarrassment, trying to invent the news, instead or reporting it.
A fleet of SkyTrain cars ordered for the new Evergreen Line will be pressed into service even before the $1.4-billion line opens next year, as TransLink looks to ease rush-hour crowding on the Expo and Millennium lines.
The change will increase the average capacity of each train on the system by 100 passengers.
Vivienne King, president of TransLink Subsidiary B.C. Rapid Transit Co., said seven of the new Mark III trains (Bombardier Innovia metro cars – Zwei)will be added to SkyTrain as soon as they have been tested. That will likely be this summer.
Most of the increase is because adding the new trains will free up some of the Mark II cars to be added to the old four-car Mark I trains to make up more six-car trains (Mk.1 & Mk. 2 cars do not operate coupled together, as the different wheel diameters cause problems with the automatic train control – Zwei). That will boost the capacity of the older trains to 500 passengers from about 320 passengers.
“As soon as they’re available and released for service we will look at doing that,” King told The Vancouver Sun editorial board Wednesday. “You need to put your resources where they’re going to get the best bang for the buck.”
The additional capacity is expected to help address crowding on the Expo line, particularly between the Commercial-Broadway and Waterfront stations in downtown Vancouver during the morning rush hour, TransLink said, at least until the Evergreen Line starts operating in early 2017. The 11-kilometre rapid transit line will connect Coquitlam and Port Moody with the Millennium Line in Burnaby.
The new Evergreen Line trains have fewer seats — with 30 in each car — but are more open to allow a few additional standing passengers, TransLink spokesman Chris Bryan said (In North America, lack of seats deter customers – Zwei). This is consistent with changes during previous SkyTrain upgrades: The first batch of Mark II cars had 41 seats and a capacity of 130 people, while the latest generation of Mark II SkyTrain cars seat 33 people with a total capacity of 145 people. By comparison, the first Mark I cars, which went into service in 1985, had 36 seats a car and could carry a total of 80 passengers a car.
(General note, capacity is measured at approximately fiver persons per metre length of car. TransLink uses the figure of all seats occupied and 6 persons per metre/2, which gives theoretical capacity only – Zwei.)
TransLink’s 10-year funding plans calls for additional SkyTrain cars for the transit system, along with more buses and rapid transit line expansions for Surrey and Vancouver.
Meanwhile, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond said he is in discussions with InTransitBC, which runs the Canada Line, about boosting capacity on that line between Vancouver and Richmond. He said extending the platforms on the Canada Line would be expensive but there may also be ways to expand capacity with additional rail cars.
(Canada line has a maximum capacity of only 7,500 persons per hour per direction – Zwei)