British Columbia Rapid Transit Company 500/600 series

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1991 UTDC ICTS Mark I
500/600 Series
In service 1991–present
Manufacturer Urban Transportation
Development Corporation Ltd.
Model ICTS Mark I 500/600 Series
Constructed 1991
Built at Millhaven, Ontario
Fleet numbers 121–136
Formation 6 cars per set (occasionally 4 per set)
2 cars per unit set (semi-permanent)
Owner TransLink (1999–present)
BC Transit (1991–1999)
Operator British Columbia
Rapid Transit Company
Depot OMC1
Lines served Expo Line Logo and Symbol-a.png
Millennium Line Logo and Symbol-a.png (from 2002–2016)
Specifications
Length 12.70 m
Width 2.50 m
Weight 15 t
Doors 2 per side
Capacity 80
Top speed 90 km/h (design)
80 km/h (service)
Electrification 650 V DC
Traction motor 3 phase AC linear motors
Safety system Thales SelTrac S40 (ATC)

SkyTrain cars 121–136 are 16 UTDC ICTS Mark I units built in 1991 in Kingston, Ontario. They run exclusively on the Expo Line in 6 car sets and may be coupled with other Mark I cars from other build years.

Features

They are distinguished by a large front window in place of a door in addition to minor interior differences from their 1984-85 counterparts. They originally featured door buttons, but were removed shortly upon delivery. The button locations were of buttons were covered up with a plate or disconnected.

Other than minor interior and exterior works, these cars have yet to be refurbished and are not part of the current refurbishment project that is currently ongoing for the 1984 and 1985 Mark I cars. These cars also did not have their interior lights retrofitted in 2011 to LEDs as part of an initial refurbishment project.

History

The order for these cars were placed in late 1989 to cope with growing ridership demands and for the SkyTrain extension to Scott Road Station.. The contract was valued at $33 million.[1] At the time this order was placed, it was suggested that BC Transit should purchase the Scarborough RT trains, as the Toronto Transit Commission at the time was looking into scrapping its systen.[2] However, this idea was dismissed as it would cost $400,000 to convert each of the 28 cars for SkyTrain service.

At the time the order was placed, UTDC's Millhaven plant laid off workers after a contract fell through for manufacturing Mark I trains for Milan earlier in the year.[3] The BC Transit contract saw 200 workers rehired.[4]

In 1991, select pairs had temporarily been assigned dead numbers (057–060, 119–120) upon delivery. This was due to upgrades being done to the OMC computers to be able to accommodate numbers higher than 120.[5] The pairs were eventually renumbered to match with the rest of the batch.

Following a tradition of other railroads around the world, cars were named after cities, towns, and geographical locations in British Columbia to foster goodwill throughout BC towards the system and as a symbol of British Columbian excellence.[6] The names were removed upon handover of ownership to TransLink.

Until 2016, these and other Mark I trains also ran on the Millennium Line but now runs exclusively on the Expo Line since the two lines no longer run concurrently and differing ridership levels with the opening of the Evergreen Extension.

As of April 2017, these cars became the last vehicles in TransLink's fleet to remain in BC Transit colours. However, the livery is usually covered by ads as these cars are frequently used for ad-wraps.

In October 2023, set 133-134 was the first pair to be disposed of, beginning the withdrawal of Mark 1 service on the Expo and Millennium Lines.

Milan order

It has been widely speculated and claimed that this order was part of a rejected batch of trains that were intended to serve a new line for a stadium in Milan. Presently, there is no evidence that these cars were the exact same cars as the Milan order, but the timing is uncanny between when BC Transit placed the order and when Milan ended the deal with UTDC, with some cars already made.

In August 1988, UTDC joined with Ansaldo Transporti of Italy to design and build a 7.7-kilometre system to serve the Milan sports stadium, where the 1990 World Cup soccer tournament was to be hosted.[7] The system was to use the same ALRT technology already in use by Vancouver, Scarborough, and Detroit.

However, in March 1989, the contract fell through when the Italian government decided not to fund the project.[8] The contract was initially to have 32 cars constructed and when the contract was cancelled, work had already started on some cars.[3]

Details

Trains operate in 6 car sets, or 3 groups of 2 car semi-permanent married sets. Sets can be coupled with other Mark I pairs from other build years.

Units Seating
121–136 30 – American Seating Innovator 850
5 – Fold down


Set Fleet number Thumbnail Paint Build date Notes Name
1 121 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Port Coquitlam
122 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Anmore
2 123 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Belcarra
124 SkyTrain UTDC 124-a.jpg BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Lions Bay
3 125 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Gibsons
126 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Greenwood
4 127 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Sechelt
128 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of View Royal
5 129 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Cariboo
130 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Columbia Shuswap
6 131 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Kootenay
132 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Okanagan
7 133 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Retired – September 2020 Spirit of Peace River
134 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Retired – September 2020 Spirt of Zeballos
8 135 BC Transit paint scheme 19/07/1991 Spirit of Masset
136 BC Transit paint scheme 1991 Spirit of Pouce Coupe

References

  1. The Buzzer December 1, 1989 Issue translink.ca, retrieved 27-04-2020
  2. Dawson, F. (1989, October 29). SkyTrain to add 30 cars: Service boost to coincide with extension of line, The Province, 19.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Canadian Press (1989, March 10). Layoffs feared as UTDC loses order, The Globe and Mail, B5.
  4. Hutchison, B. (1989, October 31). 200 workers to be rehired at UTDC in Millhaven for B.C. Transit vehicles, The Whig, 1.
  5. Bytown Railway Society (2021). Part 5: Urban Transit Systems, Canadian Trackside Guide 2021
  6. The Province - It's SkyTrain translink.ca, retrieved 24-02-2017
  7. Canadian Press (1988, August 17). Italians buy Ontario transit cars, The Vancouver Sun, C5.
  8. Pigott, C. & Messerschmidt, L. (1989, March 9). Italian deal crumbles, jobs threatened, UTDC says, The Whig, 1.
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Operations
Lines Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Logo-a.png Millennium Line Evergreen Extension Logo-b.png
Rolling stock Expo Line 1984 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1985 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1991 UTDC ICTS Mark IExpo Line 1995 Bombardier ICTS Mark IExpo LineMillennium Line 2001 Bombardier ART Mark IICanada Line 2008 Hyundai Rotem EMUExpo Line 2009 Bombardier ART Mark IIExpo Line 2015 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIIExpo Line 2018 Bombardier Innovia Metro Mark IIICanada Line 2019 Hyundai Rotem EMU
Yards Expo LineMillennium Line Operations and Maintenance CentreMillennium Line Coquitlam Maintenance CentreCanada Line Canada Line Operations and Maintenance Centre
Stations
Canada Line Logo-a.png Expo LineSeaBusTransLink West Coast Express bullet-a.pngR5 Hastings St WaterfrontVancouver City CentreYaletown–RoundhouseOlympic Village99 B-Line Broadway–City HallKing EdwardR4 41st Ave Oakridge–41st AvenueLangara–49th AvenueMarine DriveCanada Line BridgeportCapstan WayAberdeenLansdowneRichmond–Brighouse
Airport branch ← Towards Waterfront Canada Line BridgeportTempletonSea Island CentreYVR–Airport
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Production Way branch ← Towards Waterfront Expo Line ColumbiaSappertonBraidMillennium Line Lougheed Town CentreMillennium Line Production Way–University
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