UPDATED at 1:12 p.m.: Canada Line service is running across the Fraser River Bridge again. Service is running normally to YVR-Airport, but is “limited” between Bridgeport and Richmond-Brighouse.
VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – It looks like the Canada Line failed its first snow day. Service halted on a stretch of the $2-billion line this morning, due to the snow storm.
Jason Chan with Protrans BC, the company that operates the line, says there wasn’t much they could do. “Basically, it’s just snow and ice build-up.”
The big problem was on the bridge that runs over the Fraser from Richmond-Brighouse to the Marine Drive station. Chan says they ran trains all night hoping to prevent stoppages like this morning’s, but it was something that was unexpected.
Chan promises they’ll be reviewing their policies but has no promises for commuters. “We’re working hard to find a reliable solution to make sure this doesn’t happen again.” However, that might not go far enough for the people who were stuck.
One woman tells us, “I’m not impressed. I just don’t know what they would do if we were in Toronto or Montreal… if we had real snow.”
Another man says, “This is the first time I’ve taken transit to work. I’m not impressed.”