SkyTrain shutdown's massive crowds and long delays wear down riders' nerves (PHOTOS)

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Image: Alex Rowe / Twitter

UPDATE at 12:10 p.m. – SkyTrain’s Expo Line is resuming regular service. Free transit on all services applies for the entire day.

EARLIER:

For the second time in two days, service on SkyTrain’s Expo Line has been severely disrupted during the weekday morning rush hour, causing mayhem at stations.

Trains are not operating between Joyce-Collingwood and Waterfront stations while shuttle trains are operating between Edmonds and Joyce-Collingwood stations.

  • UPDATE at 10:45 a.m. – Expo Line trains are now running to Commercial-Broadway Station. However, trains are not going any further west; still no trains to downtown at this time.

Regular service is only operating between King George and Edmonds stations as well as the Millennium Line route from VCC-Clark with trains turning around at Columbia Station.

A fire near Main Street-Science World Station at 11 p.m. Thursday was sparked while crews were performing track-grinding maintenance work. Sparks flew into a bird nest under the tracks, causing a small fire but severing critical fibre-optic communications cables between the control centre and the western section of the Expo Line.

TransLink anticipates crews will finish repairs by late morning or early afternoon.

Until then, tens of thousands of commuters will have to make alternate travel plans or endure the large crowds waiting for the ‘bus bridge’ shuttles between affected stations.

As a way to show customer appreciation, TransLink is providing FREE transit for all services across Metro Vancouver. This includes buses, SeaBus, West Coast Express and all three SkyTrain lines.

Click here for a list of travel tips and alternate route options for this morning’s commute.

Here are photos and riders’ reaction tweets of the shutdown:

Image: Mel Dube

Image: Mel Dube

Image: Richard Yeh / Facebook

Image: Richard Yeh / Facebook

Big spiralling line at #Joyce #Skytrain station as frustrated people wait for buses. #transit #shutdown #news #livehit A photo posted by Nafeesa Karim (@nafeesakarim) on

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