Vancouver Skytrain’s new Mark V models enter testing

Vancouver Skytrain’s new Mark V models enter testing

Vancouver’s metro system, TransLink has revealed  that it’s Alstom made Mark V SkyTrain cars, have entered their testing phase at a facility in Kingston, Ontario.

Functional performance testing at the Alstom facility will include testing the brakes, power systems, doors, and car connectivity, as well as propulsion and automatic running on rails to simulate real-life operations.

205 new cars are designed to eventually replace the original Mark I models, which are slated for retirement by the end of 2027.

The Mark V design features consist of automated five-car sets, all internally open-ended with walk-through carriages in the same style as the Mark III trains. They will also include new digital interior information displays which will provide riders with improved onboard transit alerts. The new five-car trains are the network’s largest yet.

Kevin Quinn, CEO, TransLink said: “This is an exciting and important step forward in launching the next generation of SkyTrain cars. The Mark V will make SkyTrain better and more convenient for our customers, with added amenities for people using mobility devices, strollers, and bicycles.”

Skytrain a step forward for region

The purchase of these SkyTrain cars is part of the Expo Millennium Line Upgrade Program. The program is funded with an investment of $1.47 billion through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program with contributions from the Government of Canada, Government of British Colombia, and TransLink.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, minister of housing, infrastructure and communities said "We are thrilled about the Mark V, the new generation of SkyTrain cars. These modern trains are designed to provide an accessible and user-friendly transit experience for everyone, reflecting our strong commitment to improving public transportation. We are working closely with our partners at TransLink and the Government of BC to keep the SkyTrain system strong and up-to-date, adapting to the changing needs of our communities."

Michael Keroulle, president of the Americas region at Alstom said: “We appreciate our longstanding collaboration with TransLink and share their dedication to connecting communities via sustainable, reliable and inclusive mobility.

“The first train of the new fleet —designed, build and tested in Canada— is set to commence qualification testing on our upgraded test track at our Kingston, Ontario facility, bringing Vancouverites one step closer to riding the new Mark V trains.”

Photo and Video credit: Translink/Alstom


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