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TransLink recently started work on its annual Expo Line running rail replacement program. The five-month program includes replacing 30,000 track pads (at a cost of about $80 each) and 4.8 kilometers of running rail."There are two different components to this project — the replacement of rail pads and the replacement of running rail — each requiring individualized material and equipment," TransLink officials said in a statement. "In order to sequence the work across all the work sites, and to accommodate the need for different material and equipment, we will first replace the rail pads at all locations and then return to replace the running rail." Crews can replace up to 300 track pads during each six-hour work day, the agency said.The original Expo Line has been in service in Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1986, and the tracks between Waterfront and New Westminster have accommodated more than 2 million trains. The running rail replacement program will continue every spring and summer for the next eight to 10 years, said TransLink officials, who expect this year's work to be completed in July. "It will help ensure our 30-year old SkyTrain system can continue to run safely and efficiently through the next phase of its life," they said.
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