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TransLink modifies two Canada Line trains, removes some seats

Last Updated Aug 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm PDT

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

Twenty seats are being removed from two train cars

TransLink says it's doing this to determine future modifications to the trains

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) –┬áIf you take the Canada Line, you’ll notice a change in seating. Two of the trains have been modified as part of a TransLink pilot project, but some passengers aren’t so happy about fewer places to sit. In total, 20 seats have been removed.

Vivienne King with TransLink says the move is intended to provide more space near the doors but some riders at the Broadway-City Hall Station NEWS 1130 spoke with have concerns.

“There’s enough standing room now. I’ve only had to let one train go by,” says one woman.

“If you’re removing seats, where are those people going to go? It’s ridiculous,” adds another rider.

“I guess it makes things easier for people in terms of capacity but at the same time, we have a lot of people who are needing the seats, like people with disabilities,” points out one woman.

“I think in terms of rush-hour and people needing seats, it’s going to cause some conflict for people,” explains one rider. “I don’t think so. I think people need room to sit.”

“If you have travelled on the Canada Line during peak times you will know it is very hard to get in past the doors, especially if you have luggage,” King explains. “By improving the flow around doors, we are very interested to see what happens.”

“The train is safe, there is places to hold on all through the train, including the areas were we have removed the seats. It has been well thought through and designed and it has been assessed as safe,” she adds.

The pilot will be in place for the next six weeks and any feedback received will help determine future modifications to the trains.