TransLink ridership recovery now reaching up to 80% of normal volumes

Jun 23 2022, 11:47 pm

Ridership recovery on Metro Vancouver’s public transit system has further recovered to a new high as of earlier in June.

TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn provided a ridership update today during the public transit authority’s board of directors meeting, noting average weekend ridership has recovered to 80% of pre-pandemic volumes — up from 75% a month earlier.

Furthermore, average weekday volumes are now 70.3% of pre-pandemic volumes.

“We are continuing to welcome customers back to the system with some encouraging numbers,” said Quinn.

“This is the first time that weekday journeys have surpassed 70%.”

He says a combination of factors such as good weather and events are driving the new recovery levels, noting the BC Lions’ home opener day saw over 10,000 boardings at Stadium-Chinatown Station, the SkyTrain station that directly serves BC Place Stadium. It represented a 125% increase compared to a non-event Saturday afternoon.

Overall, with weekdays and weekends combined, TransLink’s systemwide ridership is currently at 72% of pre-pandemic volumes.

  • TransLink ridership fluctuations:
    • April 2020:¬†17% of pre-pandemic
    • September 2020:¬†41% of pre-pandemic
    • November 2020:¬†44% of pre-pandemic
    • September 2021:¬†55% of pre-pandemic
    • January 2022:¬†60% of pre-pandemic
    • February 2022:¬†64.5% of pre-pandemic
    • May 2022:¬†70% of pre-pandemic
    • June 2022: 72% of pre-pandemic
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