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TransLink executives last week welcomed the 200th millionth rider on the Canada Line, a commuter-rail service that has been operating in the Vancouver, British Columbia, area for the past five years.Other ceremony attendees included federal, provincial and municipal representatives, and key stakeholders from Vancouver International Airport and the Vancouver Board of Trade."Commuters and airport travelers have embraced the Canada Line by using this high-speed train well beyond original expectations of its launch in 2009," said TransLink Chair Marcella Szel in a press release. "Developers have since contributed millions in private funds towards stations and nearby residential properties, ensuring a truly transit-oriented community."The Canada Line is integrated into the area's existing transit system and TransLink's SkyTrain network, providing a link between downtown Vancouver to Richmond and the airport. The train transports passengers along a 12-mile route, bringing them from one end to the other in 26 minutes or less.The line is one of the largest infrastructure projects completed in British Columbia and was developed via one of the largest public-private partnerships in Canadian history. The $2.1 billion project was funded by the governments of Canada and British Columbia, the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), the Vancouver Airport Authority, and the cities of Vancouver and Richmond, and was partially financed by the private sector partner InTransitBC.Weekday ridership totals more than 120,000, exceeding the original forecast of 100,000 by fall 2010.During the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, 3.9 million passengers traveled on the Canada line during the 17-day event. The highest single-day ridership reached 287,379 during the Olympics.
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