Using INNOVIA ART advanced rapid transit system technology, Vancouver’s SkyTrain is the flagship of driverless, urban transit systems. With the opening of the 20.3-kilometre (12.6-mile) Millennium Line to passenger service in August 2002, the 49-kilometre (30-mile) SkyTrain is the backbone of an impressive integrated land-sea-rail system and the longest driverless system in the world.
Since its inaugural launch into revenue service in 1986, SkyTrain has carried over 700 million passengers safely, reliably and cost effectively. Bombardier's fully automated, driverless technology features a unique steerable-axle suspension, linear-induction-motor propulsion, and a moving-block automatic train control system that enhances operational flexibility and system expandability.
The order of 60 INNOVIA ART 200 vehicles, the second generation of the system's existing 150INNOVIA ART 100 fleet, incorporates all the benefits of the original SkyTrain vehicle while significantly increasing the passenger-carrying capacity. Because of INNOVIA ART 200's higher performance standards, fewer trains are required to provide the same level of service, resulting in lower operating costs. Additional orders for 48 INNOVIA ART 200 vehicles were delivered in 2009.