November 21, 2013

Vancouver refurbishes Mark 1 Skytrain fleet

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BRITISH Columbia transport authority TransLink has begun returning to service the first of 114 Vancouver Skytrain Mark 1 light metro vehicles to be refurbished under a $C 37.9m ($US 35.2m) overhaul programme, which is expected to extend the life of fleet by 15 years.

The Bombardier Mark 1 vehicles are the oldest on the Skytrain network, dating back to the opening of the first phase of the system in 1985.

Canada's federal government is contributing $C28.5m towards the project, which is due to be completed in December 2016.

Work includes upgrading the electrical system, expanding the interior passenger capacity, refurbishing passenger doors, replacing interior amenities, and an exterior repaint.

Translink says replacing the fleet with new-build vehicles would cost around $C 262m.

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