Landslide causes flooding at Vancouver SkyTrain station, service disrupted


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TransLink is advising riders that they will have to take a shuttle train between Commercial and VCC-Clark Sky SkyTrain stations due to a track issue.

According to the transit authority, a landslide caused flooding at the station overnight, which therefore prompted the disruption.

As such, customers are advised to transfer trains at the Commercial Station Platform 1 to continue their journey onward. In addition, TransLink has advised that the shuttle train will remain in effect all day.

Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Jill Drews, Senior Issues Management Advisor, TransLink, who explained exactly why the delays are taking place. 

“To be clear, there is full service on the Millennium Line. We are single tracking between Commercial Broadway and VCC Clark,” she assured.

“Some silt is leaking through a retaining wall onto the guideway in that section. There is a great deal of water pooling above the wall. Trains are using one side of the track to move through. For customers travelling to and from VCC Clark, this means they have to change trains at Commercial Broadway.”

She added that, “It’s unsafe for crews to access this section of the guideway while trains are running. We will assess the problem overnight when trains aren’t running and we can power it down.”

On Tuesday, TransLink announced that they had to suspend service through Columbia Station on the Expo Line due to flooding, as well.

The transportation authority had organized a bus bridge between New Westminster Station and Braid Station in the meanwhile; however, they were able to reopen later that day and resume regular service.