What the SkyTrain lobby wishes us to forget is that the automatic metro is somewhat erratic in its operation. SkyTrain is a complicated proprietary light-metro and even small issues defeats the computer and the system shuts down. TransLink plays down these problems but regular riders of the metro has told Zwei that problems on SkyTrain are becoming an all to normal part of operation.
Unlike LRT, where the driver has ultimate control and can deal effectively with minor problems, SkyTrain’s computers can not and for safety the metro shuts down. As SkyTrain ages, the control system ages as well and it well may be the fare-gate issue is being used to camouflage a greater problem of a poorly aging SkyTrain, which is in desperate need of a $1 billion retrofit.
Here we have another glaring example of transit tax money being squandered on our metro system, while other transit needs go begging. Just think, $1 billion would build us a deluxe version of a Vancouver to Chilliwack interurban system. How long will it take for ‘Valley’ politicos to wake up and smell the coffee that the ‘Valley’s’ property and gas taxes are going straight into the SkyTrain black-hole?
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Big problems on Skytrain this morning. It’s only running from the ‘burbs to Stadium station. A bus bridge is being set up to get people down to Waterfront, but if you’re downtown, TransLink recommends you don’t wait at Granville for trains on the Expo and Millenium lines. The Millennium Line is only running from VCC-Clark to Columbia and then turning back.
TransLink has no idea what the problem is…and when service will be back to normal.
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