Freshly made at Alstom’s plant in Kingston, Ontario, the first cars of an order of 205 new generation Mark V SkyTrain cars are now on the Trans-Canada Highway — onboard flatbed trucks — for their journey to reach TransLink’s SkyTrain hub in Edmonds in Burnaby.
These Mark V cars will be connected into fully articulated five-car-long trains — creating a total of 41 Mark V five-car-long trains — for use on the Expo and Millennium lines. They will be the longest trains yet on the SkyTrain system, providing the highest passenger capacities. Each new five-car Mark V train will be able to carry about 25% more passengers than the existing four-car Mark III train. The five-car Mark V train will be able to hold 672 passengers regularly, both seated and standing, while the four-car Mark III train can currently hold 533 passengers. This is an increase of 139 people per train compared to the current largest train, which is the four-car Mark III train.
These new cars also carry new interior design features, such as an improved seating and standing configuration with flex spaces, a large video screen above the doors for the programmable display of useful information, including next station details, and Indigenous art. Earlier this year, the first completed Mark V train underwent extensive testing at the manufacturer’s facility in Kingston, with provided video footage showing the train making looping runs around the test track. The 40 remaining five-car trains will gradually arrive in Burnaby and enter service between 2024 and 2028.