Rider­ship use hits record high

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - Vancouver - Wanyee Li

Peo­ple in Metro Van­cou­ver used pub­lic tran­sit a record-break­ing 407 mil­lion times in 2017, ac­cord­ing to Translink.

It’s a 5.7 per cent in­crease com­pared to 2016, which was also a record-break­ing year for tran­sit in the Van­cou­ver area.

The tran­sit au­thor­ity cred­its the boost to the new Ev­er­green line and strong eco­nomic growth in Metro Van­cou­ver. Translink goes on to say no other ur­ban cen­tre in Canada has seen as great of a shift to­ward pub­lic tran­sit and that fur­ther in­vest­ment — like the Broad­way ex­ten­sion and the Sur­rey LRT — are cru­cial to the re­gion.

One in five peo­ple in Van­cou­ver take pub­lic tran­sit to work, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est cen­sus.

“Past in­vest­ments in tran­sit in­fra­struc­ture are pay­ing div­i­dends as we see the record­break­ing rider­ship and the rapid growth in tran­sit as the pre­ferred op­tion for com­muters,” said Kevin Des­mond, CEO of Translink.

“It’s a great tra­jec­tory, and with de­mand for tran­sit still run­ning high, it’s im­per­a­tive that we con­tinue in­vest­ing and adding ser­vice, so we can de­liver ser­vice that is re­li­able, con­ve­nient and re­duces crowd­ing for our cus­tomers.”

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