New numbers show TransLink ridership is at near-record highs

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You’re not crazy if it seems like SkyTrain platforms, Canada Line trains, and your regular bus route are packed with more riders than before. TransLink has just released new data that shows ridership is at near-record highs.

In fact, September 2017 saw 36-million transit boardings, a figure only bested by ridership during February 2010 when Vancouver hosted the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

All modes of transit saw increases, with the exception of the West Coast Express.

TransLink Vancouver transit ridership
TransLink (Screenshot/Media Release)

Another key stat right now from TransLink is that average weekday boardings for the Evergreen Extension have grown to 34,000 per weekday, which reflects a 13 per cent increase over the newest SkyTrain line’s pre-summer levels.

TransLink Canada Line Vancouver transit
Photo courtesy TransLink

TransLink points to multiple factors when it comes to these bigger numbers, including high fuel costs and stable transit ticket prices. Additionally, TransLink says more service thanks to improvements funded through the 10-Year Vision.

Recently, TransLink revealed the 50+ regional small-scale projects they would be allocating funds for, which include things like widened sidewalks, bike lanes, and road improvements. TransLink is the only public transit agency in North America to also handle regional non-transit infrastructure projects.

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Lindsay is a Senior Writer at Vancouver Is Awesome. A fourth generation Vancouverite, she was previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive and Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz. Lindsay grew up in Vancouver and Toronto, then spent over 20 years in Los Angeles, where she was EIC of the city's top blog, earned her Masters in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: lindsay@vancouverisawesome.com