Biggest month ever for transit

November 21, 2018

Almost 40 million boardings on public transit in October in Metro Vancouver

NEW WESTMINSTER, BC — Transit ridership in Metro Vancouver smashed a new record in October, with more people riding transit than ever before.

There were 39.65 million boardings on transit last month. This includes bus, SkyTrain, HandyDART, SeaBus and West Coast Express. While ridership has been growing every month, we have never surpassed the stand-alone record of 39.2 million boardings in February 2010 when Vancouver welcomed the world for the Winter Olympics – until now.

“At TransLink our focus is on delivering transit service improvements for our customers through the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “It’s great to see this kind of ridership growth, one sign that customers are responding to better transit service right across the region.”

October Ridership Highlights [measured in boardings]

Mode Oct 2017
Oct 2018
 Bus  22.13 M
24.45 M
 Expo/Millennium Line
 9.33 M
10.04 M
 Canada Line
 3.98 M
 4.26 M
 SeaBus  0.48 M
 0.53 M
 West Coast Express
 0.21 M
 0.24 M
 HandyDART  0.12 M
 0.14 M
 Total  36.26 M
 39.65 M

Transit ridership in our region has hit record heights over the past two years. In 2017, ridership was over 407 million boardings, a 5.7% increase over the year before and the largest growth of any major city in Canada and the United States.

In October:

  • Bus ridership (24.45m boardings) was the highest ever.
  • West Coast Express (.24m) had its biggest month since October 2014.
  • Expo/Millennium line surpassed 10m boardings for the first time.

Ridership growth continues to be driven by high gas prices, high employment and increases to transit service delivered through the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision.

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