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8/29/2011



Rail News: Passenger Rail

TransLink reports ridership gains in 2011's first half


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Ridership on Metro Vancouver’s TransLink grew 4 percent to 114.4 million trips during the year’s first six months compared with ridership from the same period a year ago.
 
Second-quarter ridership alone jumped 13 percent, TransLink officials said in a prepared statement.

“With significant increases in transit trips in the second quarter, TransLink could well be on track to its 10th annual ridership record in a row, exceeding 2010’s mark of 211.3 million passengers,” they said.

The agency is outperforming even its Olympics year ridership, said TransLink Chief Executive Officer Ian Jarvis, adding that the “effective integration” of the Canada Line helped the network become more of a viable travel option for people.

However, Jarvis remains concerned about the system’s ability to meet future demand.

“We’re on a solid financial footing to sustain the services we have now and we’re reallocating under used transit services to times of day and routes where they’ll serve more people,” he said “But this rate of growth is a clear signal that we need to start expanding the network again, and that’s what TransLink’s current ‘Moving Forward’ supplemental plan proposes to do.”

The Moving Forward proposal calls for upgrading SkyTrain stations and funding Metro Vancouver’s share of the Evergreen Line.  







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