NEW figures show that after 10 years in service, ridership on the Canada Line is still breaking records. The Canada Line had more than 50 million annual boardings for the first time in its history last year, representing a 30-per-cent increase in ridership since 2010.
Originally projected to reach 120,000 daily boardings by 2025 – the Canada Line has continued to outperform projections with 150,000 actual boardings on an average 2019 weekday.
“We are proud to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Olympics today with the region,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond on Wednesday. “With 1.58 million trips taken each day during the Olympics, transit was an integral part of how the world experienced the Winter Games. The Olympics were a time when many people realized just how convenient public transit is.”
To help meet the growing ridership demand, TransLink increased capacity on the Canada Line by 15 per cent in January this year and will increase total capacity by 35 per cent this spring with the addition of 12 new trains.
Canada Line by the numbers:
- There were approximately 230,000 daily trips on the Canada Line during the Olympic Games
- It took four years to build the Canada Line
- The Canada line cost approximately $2.1 billion
- The Canada Line is a 19-kilometre route with 16 stations, two bridges and nine kilometres of tunnel
- 21 per cent of all YVR passengers use the Canada Line for their journey to or from the airport