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TransLink suspends worker after stoppage 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

SkyTrain service has been down twice in less than a week. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

SkyTrain service has been down twice in less than a week. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

TransLink has suspended one of its employees after an hours-long SkyTrain service disruption Monday — the second one in less than a week.

The transit authority said the latest incident was caused by an electrician working on the Evergreen Line, who “accidently tripped the main breaker feeding the critical systems at SkyTrain’s operations centre.”

This shut down the Millennium and Expo lines for hours — many commuters forced doors open to exit trains themselves.

The transit authority is now promising a free day of transit on B.C. Day Aug. 4.

TransLink chief operating officer Doug Kelsey told reporters service shutdowns of this kind have never happened before.

He said the employee has been suspended, though couldn’t provide details on the disciplinary action.

“I know the individual, very experienced, very capable individual who feels terrible about this as a human being,” Kelsey said.

“I tell you, I would trust him with my life.”

He said TransLink would not be investing into a rebuild of its power structure, as it’s not worth spending millions on several hours of disruption.

“The people are voting with their feet, they’re back today, we’re very appreciative of that,” Kelsey added.

 

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