July 29, 2014 7:45 am
Updated: July 29, 2014 6:38 pm

TransLink commissions independent review into recent Skytrain disruptions


WATCH ABOVE: TransLink has appointed an outside expert to look into how recent shutdowns can be better dealt with in the future. Catherine Urquhart reports.

TransLink has announced an independent review into two major Skytrain disruptions that left thousands of commuters stranded.

The transportation agency says Gary McNeil will lead the review. McNeil is now retired, but was previously the CEO of GO Transit in Toronto. He was also involved with the planning and launch of Skytrain between 1982 and 1986.

“Confidence in the system has been impacted, and I’ve determined an independent review would help,” says Ian Jarvis, CEO of Translink. “Gary brings a wealth of experience, he was not a Skytrain employee back at the time, but he has some familiarity with automated systems like Skytrain, which is somewhat unique.”

WATCH: TransLink CEO Ian Jarvis speaks with Global News about the hire of an independent expert

McNeil will make recommendations on how to prevent major service disruptions, and also recommend changes to procedures and equipment that would allow Skytrain to resume service more quickly.

WATCH: Gary McNeil tells Global News what transit users can expect.

The full report will be released at the end of October.

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