The ridership data is collected from a number of ways, such as automated passenger counts on buses and turnstiles at SeaBus terminals. But, of course, the primary source is from the Compass data from all the taps made on bus card readers and SkyTrain and SeaBus fare gates.
According to TransLink, overcrowding has fallen by 13% on 18 overcrowded routes after services were improved from the Phase One plan starting in 2016. On these same routes, ridership has also increased by 7%.
For all three SkyTrain lines, average weekday boardings climbed upwards by 12.5% in fall 2017 after capacity increases, with a 2.5% capacity increase on the Expo and Millennium lines and an 11% increase on the Canada Line.
However, ridership on the West Coast Express fell by 5.5% last year as some passengers in Port Moody and Coquitlam switched from the commuter rail service to SkyTrain after the opening of the Millennium Line Evergreen Extension. However, ridership increased by 17% in Mission and 5% in Maple Ridge from passengers taking the commuter rail to connect with SkyTrain.
As for SeaBus, weekday evening ridership has risen by 34% and Saturday morning ridership has increased by 35% from the service frequency increase to every 15 minutes during most hours of the day.
Here is a full breakdown of 2017 system ridership across all four modes of public transit in Metro Vancouver:
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