TransLink Report On SkyTrain Out

From what I can see, the problems that plagued SkyTrain last summer, were ones of very bad management and deferred maintenance.

TransLink’s bad management is legendary and the outfit continues its oppression of transit customers with gestapo like ticket checks and its general anti transit customer attitude.

The question of deferred maintenance is another matter and one that plagues many public transit systems around the world. The problem is that with a driverless system, deferred maintenance issues have a much greater effect on the traveling public than on conventional transit systems.

The study did not look at management problems and one has to assume, that major problems will still haunt the Skytrain system for years to come.

TransLink to adopt all 20 recommendations after this summerai??i??s SkyTrain shutdowns

Disruptions led to passengers walking on electrified tracks

By Jeff Lee, VANCOUVER SUN November 18, 2014

METRO VANCOUVER – TransLink said Tuesday it will adopt all 20 recommendations from an independent expert review of two critical failures of its SkyTrain system that left thousands of passengers stranded for hours.

The changes, which range from installing new emergency power supply systems to installing an auto-restart system it initially declined to buy 20 years ago, will cost TransLink $71 million. The expenditures will be phased in, but TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis said the most critical upgrades will be done first.

The review by former Toronto GO Transit president Gary McNeil, looked into the reasons for two massive and prolonged failures of the SkyTrain system on July 17 and 21. In short, he found that the causes of the two incidents were not related, but the outcome from them certainly was. In the first case a circuit board governing the SkyTrain Expo line east of Royal Oak failed. In the second case, an electrician using a non-insulated screwdriver shorted out the entire control centre, including the emergency ai???uninterruptible power supplyai???.

The failures occurred against the backdrop of a SkyTrain system increasingly pressured by maintenance costs and a growing number of alarms of the automated guideway intrusion system.

That track-level alarm system, which puts the brakes on trains, is activated by so much as a pop can, a bird, or even the weight of a newspaper. McNeil said in his report that in recent years the system was suffering from 275-300 intrusions a month. But in November, 2013, technicians adjusted the sensitivity to the point that there are now about 450 guideway intrusions recorded a month, causing trains to frequently stop.

As a result, he said, ai???this increase in delay events may give the public a general perception that the system is aging and more maintenance issues are present than reality would

However, SkyTrain has also been forced, it said, to do more with less. Since the system went into service in 1986 the length of the line has gone up by 223 per cent, the number of stations by 220 per cent, and the operating kilometres by 349 per cent. But over the same time, the operating budget has only increased from $55 million to $107 million, an increase of 195 per cent.

ai???Customers have every right to be angry and frustrated, especially those who were stuck on trains for a prolonged period of time,ai??? Jarvis said in a statement. ai???We have taken these incidents very seriously and we fully accept and are acting on all 20 recommendations. We have already started the


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3 Responses to “TransLink Report On SkyTrain Out”
  1. zweisystem says:

    A note From Zwei: funny that Jervis does not mention the now over $300 million annual subsidy from the province n 1993, SkyTrain’s annual operating costs were a tad more than $55 million, but the provincial subsidy was $157 million! I guess from reports, you get what you pay for.

  2. Ken mclean says:

    The most useless system ever. It should be renamed the ghetto train.

  3. eric chris says:

    The following story by Bob is very troubling. TransJink does not have what is says is only $770 million (10% of $7.7 billion) budgeted to pay for the crumbling s-train junk lines. What kind of crap is TransJink trying to pull? If TransJink is estimating 10%, we all know that it is going to be at least 50%. Stop the farce and start firing idiots at TransJink, now. How come Jeff Nagel (hot shot transit reporter) hasn’t put two and two together to run this story in the Surrey “Leader”?

    I’m really beginning to fume. What kind of monkey show is taking place at TransLink?

    As I am writing this, drunken TransLink customers are thrashing the bus shelter across the street at the No 14 trolleybus stop as the 99 B-Line passed them and they did not like it. Yup, give them the subway, they appreciate what they have so much now.

    “SkyTrain service outages costly: leaked business plan”

    Bob Mackin / Vancouver Courier
    May 11, 2015 03:26 PM

    “SkyTrain’s infrastructure is aging, resulting in additional unscheduled repairs,” said the section on risks and challenges. “Such incidents could result in increased customer service disruptions, delays due to resources and parts constraints and additional costs.”

    “Almost 10 per cent of TransLink’s proposed $7.7 billion expansion plan includes upgrades to the 1985-opened Expo and 2002-opened Millennium lines. Metro Vancouver’s non-binding, mail-in plebiscite ends May 29 on whether to help fund the plan by hiking the Provincial Sales Tax from 7 per cent to 7.5 per cent.”

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