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SkyTrain upgrades communications network

TransLink (BC) officials announced plans to install fiber-optic cables on SkyTrain’s Expo line, replacing its 25-year-old cable network. ”The fiber-optic cables are the backbone of SkyTrain operations,” said Fred Cummings, president of British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, which operates two of the three SkyTrain lines, in a statement. “They run the communications among staff, operate ticketing and security systems, and — perhaps most important — are the vital lifeline between our trains and the control center, helping maintain the trains’ on-time reliability of greater than 95%.” The first phase of the project is expected to be complete in March 2012. The second phase includes installing new faregates at stations to support the regional Compass card. Link to full story in The Vancouver Sun.

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