Expo Line paralyzed Tuesday due to improper part installation 0
TransLink SkyTrain in Vancouver. (FILE PHOTO)
TransLink is promising better quality control measures after a contractor improperly installed a power rail, causing a chain of events that shut down SkyTrain’s Expo Line for nearly seven hours Tuesday.
Derek Zabel, TransLink spokesman, said a component that wasn’t installed properly was run over by a train around 6:30 a.m. and caused damage to another component that handles communications to SkyTrains. That meant the whole line had to be shut down until the problem was fixed.
“We’ll make sure we’ll have better quality control when we’re going through this,” Zabel said, adding Expo upgrades will continue through 2014 to replace 30 kilometres of rail.
“When we’ve been doing the power rail upgrades it’s been flawless. This is the first time we’ve had an issue like this.”
He said TransLink ran several bus “bridge” services to help commuters unable to continue their SkyTrain trips. Typically, in the case of a SkyTrain shutdown, Zabel said, commuters are notified of problems through attendants, audio announcements and online.