British Columbia Rapid Transit Company 1100/1200 series
|In service||August 31, 2002–present|
|Model||ART Mark II|
|Built at||Burnaby, British Columbia (OMC2)|
|Formation||2 cars per set (Millennium Line)|
4 cars per set (Expo Line)
2 cars per unit set (semi-permanent)
Rapid Transit Company
|Doors||3 per side|
|Seating capacity||42 seats|
|Top speed||90 km/h (design)|
80 km/h (service)
|Electrification||650 V DC|
|Safety system||Thales SelTrac S40 (ATC)|
SkyTrain 201–260 are Bombardier ART Mark II units built between 2000 and 2001 that run on both the Expo Line in 4 car sets and Millennium Line in 2 car sets. They were built by Bombardier in Burnaby, British Columbia at "OMC2", which is the plant across Southridge Drive from the main Operations and Maintenance Centre and in Kingston, Ontario. They were delivered as part of fleet expansion for the opening of the Millennium Line.
These were the first cars in the fleet to be connected with an articulated joint, allowing access for passengers between the 2-car sets. The Mark IIs are also characterized by their fronts, each with a "captain" chair. They are also distinguished (in comparison to the Mark Is) with their wider and longer bodies, as well as wider doors.
In the past, these cars were never used for any external advertisement campaigns such as ad-wraps. In special circumstances such as the SkyTrain 20th and 25th Anniversary wraps and occasional Christmas wraps, these cars are used. Since 2016, these cars are now used for various external advertisements such as banner ads and ad-wraps.
The order for these trains were placed in 1998, with 50 cars to be built in Burnaby and 10 in Kingston. Initially, it was planned that these trains would not have air conditioning as it was seen as an necessary expense. The province spent $1.5 million to have air conditioning installed, which worked out to about $25,000 per car. The overall construction of these cars cost $165 million, or $2.75 million per car and the goal was to have one car made every four days at the Burnaby plant. The shell of the first set completed and shipped from Kingston arrived in March 2000.
Testing for the first two cars began in November 2000. The plan for fleet allocation once all cars were complete were to have 20 on the Expo Line and the remaining 40 run on the Millennium Line.
When ordered, the seat moquette was wool fabric as it was far more more resistant to be slashed. However, this was later changed to a variation of two types of material: a dark blue cushion pad insert with a fabric back support insert, which used the same blue and black pattern and fabric on surburban buses at the time. However, by 2008 and 2009, the back support insert was replaced with the same dark blue cushion pad insert due to sanitary and maintenance reasons.
It was planned that the cars entered service by the early 2001 but various glitches and technical problems delayed the launch to October 2001 and again to 2002, which made the trains miss the Millennium Line opening to Braid Station, which was already delayed from June 2001. Various technical problems included door glitches and lighting. CTV News claimed that the trains did not fit on the tracks, could not be powered properly, and doors had to be resized to fit at stations, all of which were claimed to be false by TransLink and Rapid Transit Project 2000, the organization that built the Millennium Line. John Doyle, spokesman for Rapid Transit Project 2000, commented that these reports and claims were false and that "there are some very passionate anti-SkyTrain types...and they never stop fermenting these stories." All trains were ready and in service by the launch for the remainder of the Millennium Line to Commercial Drive.
Starting in 2016, the articulation joints on several sets were replaced due to age. By March 2018, a majority of the fleet's articulation joints were replaced.
During the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, security cameras were installed but were removed after the end of the games. However, one set retains its security cameras.
On the Millennium Line, these trains run in 2-car sets. However, these cars occasionally show up on the Expo Line running in 4-car sets, or 2 groups of 2-car sets. For weekday AM shuttle service between Commercial–Broadway and Waterfront, these trains run in 2-car sets. It is more common to find these trains on the Millennium Line than the Expo Line.
- ↑ Transportation System History List, toshiba.co.jp, retrieved 03-10-2021
- ↑ Sankar, C. (1999, January 18). Burnaby wins new SkyTrain plant, The Vancouver Sun, B1.
- ↑ The Vancouver Sun (2002, August 30). Millennium Moments: A brief history of the new SkyTrain line: The project was announced in 1995 by then-premier Mike Harcourt, The Vancouver Sun, B6.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Munro, H. (2000, March 4). New skytrain cars to get air conditioning 'for 3 days a year': The $1.5-million feature has proven popular in humid Kuala Lumpur, the only other place the cars are in service, The Vancouver Sun, A1.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 The Vancouver Sun, (2000, October 31). New SkyTrain cars to be tested in Burnaby, The Vancouver Sun, B7.
- ↑ Luba, F. (2001, January 31). Vinyl out, wool in for SkyTrain cars, The Province, A7.
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 7.2 Proctor, J. (2002, January 3). 'Glitches' delay launch of new SkyTrain cars, 'The Province, A3.
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Anderson, C. (2002, January 4). Glitches yes, but SkyTrain cars will be on track soon, The Province, A6.