TransLink on track for record-breaking ridership
Ridership growth leads North America; follows Mayors’ 10-Year Vision investments to improve service
NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. — Ridership on TransLink’s bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express services grew by 5.7 per cent in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period last year.
In total, there were more than 200 million boardings in the first six months of 2017.
According to the American Public Transportation Association First Quarter 2017 Public Transportation Ridership Report, many transit agencies in both Canada and the United States experienced a ridership decline in the first quarter of 2017. In comparison, TransLink saw more than 1.26 million average weekday boardings – a 6.3 per cent increase over the same quarter in 2016. TransLink has the highest percentage of ridership growth rate in the first quarter of this year among transit agencies with average weekday boardings of one million or more.
This surge in overall transit ridership at TransLink follows a 4.5 per cent increase for all of 2016 – a year the agency posted an all-time-high of 384.8 million boardings.The strong performance of the Metro Vancouver economy and rising fuel prices, together with the addition of new transit services guided by the 10-Year Vision, resulted in this ridership boost. TransLink estimates service improvement accounts for as much as one-third of this ridership growth.
Since the beginning of January 2017, TransLink has added 89,000 bus service hours, starting with a focus on the region’s most congested areas, as well as increased service frequency on SkyTrain and SeaBus. This coming September, TransLink will roll out the largest bus service boost of the year, which includes the addition of new bus routes.