TransLink has launched the first Mark III SkyTrain service on Vancouver’s Expo Line in Canada.

The launch took place at Waterfront Station and was attended by TransLink's CEO Kevin Desmond and British Columbia Rapid Transit Company's (BCRTC) president and general manager Vivienne King.

King said: “We're excited to be launching the first of the new Mark III trains into service this morning, and we're glad to know that so many of our customers are just as excited about them as we are.

“These new trains will help improve capacity on our crowded system, and give our customers a smoother ride and better experience when they're traveling on SkyTrain.”?

"The new train is part of a C$91m ($703m) order placed by Translink in December 2012."

The new train is part of a C$91m ($703m) order placed by Translink in December 2012. In the contract, Bombardier will supply a total of seven four-car Innovia 300 trains to expand Translink's fleet capacity ready for the opening of the 11km Evergreen Line later this year.

In the next six months, TransLink plans to introduce the other five trains into service.

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The new Mark III has an updated design, which is energy efficient and offers more comfort to the passengers. It is equipped with improved LED lighting and a longer-lasting battery system.

Desmond said: “In a region that needs expanded transit service, getting the first of these trains into service helps build momentum toward improving transit and transit capacity in the region, and improve services to our customers.

“These trains exemplify how all levels of government come together to invest in much needed transportation infrastructure to support and shape growth in the region.”