"The Canada Line is on fire," said Robin Leung as he tweeted a picture of a smoking car on the guideway.
A video uploaded to YouTube shows a brief but sizeable electrical discharge underneath the car followed by smoke rising.
Shortly afterwards, TransLink issued a news release that said it had identified a problem train at the Aberdeen Station. TransLink did not say there had been a fire nor whether any passengers were on the problem car at the time.
it identified the problem as an "electrical short."
TransLink said it was putting a bus bridge in place for passengers wishing to travel between Aberdeen and Richmond-Brighouse stations.
Canada Line service from the Airport to Waterfront station was unaffected.
TransLink sent crews to the scene to fix the problem and to assist passengers.