Transit ridership in the region for 2017 has officially surpassed the 400 millionth boarding as of Thursday morning, TransLink has announced.
In a release, the public transit authority said the milestone was reached at approximately 9:30 am, “somewhere in Metro Vancouver.”
Between January 1 and November 30 ridership across all modes (bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, and West Coast Express) was up 6.3% over the same period in 2016.
Essentially, this translates into more than 22 million additional boardings across the transit system compared to 2016.
The company expects the year-over-year growth of greater than 6% to stand when the final numbers are tallied after December 31.
Reaching the 400 million mark is “yet another milestone in what has been an incredible two years for transit ridership in our region,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond.
The transit authority said the growth in ridership “continues to be driven by a combination of increased transit service… regional economic growth, high fuel prices, and low fare prices.”
Ultimately, the demand for transit is there, said Desmond.
“Even with all the improvements rolled out…we still have a lot of work ahead to meet that demand.”