TransLink ridership sees a staggering decline amidst pandemic

Mar 19 2020, 2:46 pm

While Metro Vancouver commuters are used to packed SkyTrain cars during rush hour, things have taken a turn as residents are now practising social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

And while TransLink has not made changes to its operations, officials noted earlier this week that they are exploring potential service changes, such as capacity limits inside vehicles to prevent overcrowding and promote social distancing.

Now, new figures released today reveal just how much ridership has decreased right across the transportation network over the last few days.

According to TransLink, ridership on Tuesday, March 17 saw 684,000 boardings recorded, 52% below what it was a year ago.

On Monday, March 16, ridership was 38% below 2019’s numbers with  843,000 boardings recorded.

Sunday, March 15 saw a 29% drop in ridership compared to the same date last year, with 552,000 boardings recorded, while Saturday, March 14 recorded a 23% drop in ridership with boardings totalling 726,000.

With coronavirus on the rise, the BC Ministry of Health is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.