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Vancouver

British Columbia, Canada


Date of opening3 Jan 1986
Network length80.5 km (50.03 mi)
Stations53 (57*)
Lines3        Line history cityrailtransit.com
Stations per line17.67
Avg. station distance1,610 m (1.00 mi)
Avg. line length26.83 km (16.68 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 1 Jan 2017
System typeMetro, known as SkyTrain
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)329,000 (as of 2011)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)4,080 (2,540)
Fare collectionHonour system
TrackRight, gauge: 1435 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 600 V
Air-conditioned trainsYes
Walk-through trainsYes
Rubber-tyred trains
Driverless linesSkytrain, LIM technology, currently the world's longest automated system (since 1986)
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database




Official map
Source: jpg, © 2010 translink.ca


To-scale map
Source: cityrailtransit.com

Disclaimer: Maps are copyrighted. The previews on this page are for informational purposes only. Please respect copyright and always refer to original maps.

Transit mapsSystem map images
openbusmap.org/öpnvkarte.de
openptmap.org
tracker.geops.ch - moving trains
maps.google.com
images.google.com




Metro Arts and Architecture

Examples of interesting station design:


Rating: 1 star (bronze)  Vancouver

Vancouver's LRT is called SkyTrain as it runs elevated except for four underground stations in downtown. The Millennium Line extension built in 2002 includes a couple of interesting stations which incorporate organic designs, west-coast wood architecture and modern metal-and-glass designs.

Photo [archiseek.com]: Brentwood station, designed by Peter Busby and Associates architects.




Relationships with Other Metros

US Bombardier ART family
Members: Beijing (Airport Line), Detroit (people mover), Kuala Lumpur (Kelana Jaya Line), Miami (Metromover), New York (AirTrain JFK), Toronto (Scarborough RT), Vancouver (Expo Line, Millennium Line), Yongin (EverLine),
Characteristics: Similar 'automated rapid transit' trains. Vancouver and Kuala Lumpur use LIM technology.




Maglev or LIM Technology

LIM: Linear Induction Motor technology utilizes the repelling and attracting forces of electromagnets to move steel-on-wheel trains forward:
  • Skytrain




Lines with a View

There are nice views from the Skytrain Expo and Millennium Lines.

Photo by unknown photographer,


Photo by world.nycsubway.org
Another view from Skytrain Expo Line at Sky Bridge.

Photo by world.nycsubway.org




Circle Lines

Pan-shaped loop - Millennium Line - 22 stations - opened 1986 - completed 2002.




Departure Procedure and Sounds

Beep or musical notes C#, G#, C# (upward) (wav from vanmag.com).





Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

2002: Minority Report, story set in the future, filmed in Vancouver.




Handpicked Resources

translink.ca Official website




Generic Links for Vancouver SkyTrain

Wikipedia entry at wikipedia.org
Urbanrail.net entry at urbanrail.net
Railway Gazette search at railwaygazette.com
Discussion at skyscrapercity.com
System photos at Google Images
City information at wikipedia.org









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