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British Columbia's Canada Line receives first trainsets


Last week, InTransitBC unveiled the first batch of Canada Line trains, which recently were delivered by Hyundai Rotem Co.

The car builder has delivered the first four of 20 fully automated, two-car metro trains that will operate along the 16-station line. Scheduled to open in less than two years, the Canada Line will run between the transportation hub at Waterfront Centre in Vancouver and Vancouver International Airport.

The driverless cars feature wide aisles, a walkway between vehicles, emergency passenger-operated intercom panels, and electronic interior and exterior signs. Hyundai Rotem is scheduled to deliver the remaining vehicles by August 2008.

The $2 billion Canada Line is being funded by the Canadian and British Columbian governments, TransLink and Vancouver International Airport Authority. InTransitBC has been contracted to design, build, operate, maintain and partially finance the line.

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