Metro Vancouver: map, description, photos
The Vancouver Metro is a light rail system with the original name SkyTrain. A special feature of the metro is the fully automated movement of trains on all lines of the system. Today, the Vancouver metro consists of three lines and 47 stations. Passenger traffic is about 370 thousand passengers per day.
The start of operation of all lines is associated with certain events. The construction of the Expo Line was timed to coincide with the opening of the 1986 World Expo, the Millennium Line was supposed to open at the beginning of the millennium, but it was opened with some delay in 2002, the Canada Line was opened in 2009, but owes its appearance to the holding of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver..
The scheme of the lines represents three branches diverging from the common Waterfront station, two of which - Expo and Millennium use one common route for 16 stations - from Waterfront station to Columbia station. The Canada line runs through the entire city from north to south and at Bridgeport station branches into two branches - to the airport and to the Vancouver suburb of Richmond.
Vancouver metro opening hours
The Vancouver Metro operates from 5:00 am to 1:00 am. The interval of train traffic is 2-3 minutes during rush hours, 7-10 minutes at regular times, and up to 20 minutes in late hours..
The fare in the Vancouver metro is zonal. The fares depend on the number of zones the passenger passes through, except for the evening time after 18:30, weekends and holidays, when a single fare for the entire network is in effect. Additional charges apply to travel to the Airport at any time. Children from 5 to 19 years old (students), pensioners and disabled people enjoy a preferential right of travel. For children under 5 years old, free travel is provided when accompanied by an adult passenger.
Travel tickets can be purchased from machines in station lobbies. There are no turnstiles in the Vancouver metro. But controllers work on the routes on the trains. Fines for travel without a ticket are very high.