The Canada Line | taking transportation into the future
The Canada Line is a 19 km, fully automated commuter rail line and part of Vancouver’s SkyTrain network, one of the largest of its kind in the world. It connects downtown Vancouver with existing heavy rail lines, bus services, commuter rail, sea bus and the airport. The driverless system includes eight underground, six elevated and two at-grade stations, as well as an operations and maintenance centre.
A new vision in transport
In 2005 SNC-Lavalin won the contract for the total works on the Canada Line. It was an exciting prospect for our teams across the roles and disciplines. Our work has extended through every part of the project lifecycle – from engineering, procurement and construction, to partial-finance, and the operation and maintenance services we provide today. As part of the public-private partnership in Vancouver’s public transit service, we provided a third of the equity and arranged hundreds of millions of dollars in loans.
The client needed the project finished before Vancouver welcomed the world for the Olympic Winter Games. Timelines were tight, with a project schedule of only 51 months. Our employees have an integrated approach, which encouraged communication and collaboration between the equity provider, designer, constructor and operations and maintenance team. More than 400 design, supply and construction contracts were efficiently managed and coordinated in this way. Our team’s approach paid off, with construction ending some 110 days ahead of the deadline.
Procuring the best vehicles
The Canada Line needed to be served by its own unique vehicle fleet. Our procurement team went about selecting the most technically suitable vehicle for the best price. Our engineers developed the performance specifications for the new rolling stock, carrying out design reviews and monitoring the fleet’s manufacturing, testing, and commissioning. We are proud to say our amazing teams delivered the vehicles on time and on budget.
Ongoing optimization of the line
Numerous innovations have led to new tools on the Canada Line to support excellence in operations and asset management. For example, our engineers developed new systems to monitor train and track conditions in real time along the length of the line. Plotting the variations in traction by location is helping us maintain extremely high availability performance.
Raising the bar on customer satisfaction
Our people share a common goal to provide excellence to our clients, and make a difference in the lives of everyday people. The Canada Line opened its doors to the public more than three months ahead of schedule and on budget. It has made an incredible difference to the growing communities all over British Columbia. Running at an average availability rate of 99.8%, the Canada Line is setting standards for ridership and customer satisfaction. Its success has led to plans to expand the service available on the line!
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the largest fully automated commuter rail network in the world
passengers on week days
Just some of the honors our team has received:
2017 Gold Award for Service Delivery Excellence
2010 Schreyer Award
2010 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award and Award of Excellence
2009 Gold Award for Infrastructure
2008 Award of Excellence, Transportation
2006 Infrastructure Deal of the Year
2006 North American Transport Deal of the Year