New SkyTrain cars go into service

Late last week, the first pair of the new generation Mark II SkyTrain cars went into service.  You’ll notice it right away with its new exterior livery scheme (grey, blue, yellow colours) and LED “final destination” signs located on the ends of each train informing those waiting on the platform where the train is headed (e.g. “To Waterfront”, “To King George”, “To VCC”, “To Metrotown”).

But what really has changed is the interior, among the changes are:

– The seating layout has been rearranged to allow a greater standing capacity, thus a much greater overall train capacity.   It also allows much more room for bikes, wheelchairs, and strollers.;

– A new interior colour scheme, similar to our new buses;

– New seating material that is more durable and dirt resistant;

– and “live” electronic maps showing where you are, which direction/station you’re heading towards.

The entire fleet of 48-cars will be in service in time for the 2010 Winter Olympics next February.    And by then, you’ll notice that nearly all of the Mark II-cars will be able to run in a 4-car train formation (very few 2-car trains, if any), increasing SkyTrain’s overall capacity by about 30%.

Some images and video, courtesy of the Buzzer blog:


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