TransLink’s SkyTrain service was once again disrupted during Thursday’s afternoon commute after a breaker on a power rail between 22nd Street and Metrotown Station blew.
These breakdowns along with switch problems have become regular occurrences for transit users in Metro Vancouver over the past few months.
Despite this, SkyTrain service had a 96.5 per cent on-time reliability (within two minutes) and delivered 99.7 per cent of the promised service hours in the first quarter of 2013.
Reliability is up 0.6 per cent from the same time last year and is against a budgeted on-time reliability of 94.5 per cent. SkyTrain’s reliability has actually been consistently improving.
Stay calm, #SkyTrain riders. On-time reliability actually was at 96.5% in Q1 2013, the highest in SkyTrain system history.
— Daryl Dela Cruz (@daka_x) August 8, 2013
The power rails along the Expo Line between Nanaimo Station and Scott Road Station are currently undergoing upgrades to increase propulsion power, which will allow for increased train frequency. Track switch replacement is also happening. Both projects are expected to be completed by Fall 2014.