Just how busy are Metro Vancouver’s busiest SkyTrain stations and bus routes?
According to TransLink’s data from its 2017 Transit Network Performance Review, the busiest station was Waterfront Station, which had both its Canada Line and Expo Line ridership combined for the first time. This was followed by Commercial-Broadway Station and Burrard Station.
The station with the least ridership was Sea Island Centre, which mainly serves those who work at Vancouver International Airport’s (YVR) facilities and its airlines.
Overall annual ridership at Metrotown Station still grew by 6.4%, despite the significant disruptions to station accessibility due to construction for the extensive station renovation project.
Boardings at Lougheed Town Centre actually fell by 11% with the opening of the Evergreen Extension, as passengers no longer need to make a transfer between the modes of bus and train. The extension has provided a one-train ride to the communities in the Tri-Cities.
Unsurprisingly, the busiest stretch of SkyTrain track is the span between Stadium-Chinatown Station and Commercial-Broadway Station.
As for the bus services, the route with the most boardings is, of course, the 99 B-Line with a record 17.421 million annual boardings – up from 17.033 million in 2016. It is also by far the most overcrowded route, with overcrowding lasting for about a third of its operational hours.
The region’s busiest bus route has 4,355 times more annual boardings than the No. 259, the route with the least ridership. Running along the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay on weekdays only, the No. 259 averages just 20 boardings per day.
Moreover, eight of the 10 busiest bus routes in the region at least run through a part of the city of Vancouver. After the 99 B-Line, the No. 25 Brentwood Station/UBC and the No. 41 Joyce-Collingwood Station/UBC routes are respectively the second and third busiest routes in Metro Vancouver.
Here are some further breakdowns of 2017 ridership and travel patterns:
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