TransLink Replacing Rail, Track Pads on Expo Line

In February, TransLink, Metro Vancouver’s regional transportation authority, started its annual Running Rail Replacement Project for the Expo Line, which has been in service since 1986.

The agency is replacing track pads and approximately 5,000 linear meters of running rail at four main locations, including close to Metrotown, Main Street–Science World, Stadium–Chinatown and Waterfront stations. Work is expected to be completed in July.

In order to sequence the work across all the work sites and to accommodate the need for different material and equipment, TransLink will first replace the rail pads at all locations and then return to replace the running rail.

The work on the Expo Line will include replacing 4.8 km of track and replacing 30,000 track pads at a cost of approximately $80 each.

The Running Rail Replacement Program, continuing each spring and summer for the next 8 to 10 years, is one part of the agency’s State of Good Repair Program. Doing maintenance now instead of waiting to replace components after they fail means fewer delays for passengers and it also saves money over the long run.