ALERT! More info
Translink Buzzer Blog

Posts tagged: Transit

Record growth continues as ridership numbers follow trend

2017 is proving to be a record year for ridership in Metro Vancouver with over 306 million boardings system-wide. Our latest Compass data is in and it shows ridership numbers higher than ever before proving locals and visitors alike are choosing public transit as their mode of transportation. As of the end of September, 2017, monthly Boardings and Journeys are up +5.2% and +5.4% year-over-year, respectively. Average Weekday Boardings are up +6.9% and Average Weekday Journeys are up +7.0% year-over-year.

Read more »

#MyTransLink – October 10

Hello again! Welcome back to this early fall edition of #MyTransLink. Our bi-weekly reader-curated series that features your shots from in and around transit in Metro Vancouver.

This week captures a little bit of everything including some stunning shots of fall descending on our beautiful region. Have a look at what made the cut!

Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭4:25‬ ‭

A post shared by Jeriel Rocacurva (@jerielrocacurva) on

Read more »

#MyTransLink – September 26

“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.”
― Marc Riboud

It’s all about YOU Metro Vancouver. #MyTransLink has once again captured your best shots from in and around our region! Have a look at our favorites from the past couple of weeks.

Appreciate the past and never look back 🆙⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #urbanexplorer #citylimitless #artofvisuals #aov #streetmagazine #roamvancouver #way2ill #urbanrising #allshots_ #streetmobs #moodygrams #shoottokill #snobshots #lazyshutters #agameoftones #fatalframes #ig_masterpiece #illgrammers #heatercentral #thecreatorsclass #mytranslink #streetnotoriety #createcommune #estheticlabel #shootersmag #primeshots #hypebeast #streetdreamsmag #dailyhivevan #highsnobiety

A post shared by Mark Rivera | Vancouver 🇨🇦 (@604.riv) on

Read more »

#MyTransLink – August 29

Hey Metro Vancouver, #MyTransLink is back! We know you’ve been waiting for our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing your in transit photos from around Metro Vancouver. Check out the latest and greatest shots captured since our last installment.

 

#MyTransLink – August 15

“A portrait is not made in the camera but on either side of it.”
— Edward Steichen

After a brief hiatus, #MyTransLink is back! If you’re new here, welcome to our biweekly rider-curated series showcasing photos in transit from around Metro Vancouver. Here are some of the great shots captured since our last installment.

Why not enjoy the sunset while taking a ride on #mytranslink 🚝🌇

A post shared by Vncvr ❤️ (@vncvr.views) on

Silhouette. . . . . . [repost]

A post shared by Leo Chen (@leftyy_leo) on

 

Want to be featured on the blog?
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – July 25, 2017

My favourite week for sharing our riders awesomeness is once again upon us. #MyTransLink is our rider curated series showcasing not only the beautiful landscapes that make up the Metro Vancouver, but also the beautiful people in front of and behind the lens.

“There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.”
— Robert Frank

Biweekly, riders from across the region produce an awe-inspiring gallery of transit themed photographs and here are some of our faves!

Read more »

#MyTransLink – July 11, 2017

It’s that time again! #MyTransLink is here to showcase your favourite moments in and around transit! Whether your transit is via land or sea, #MyTransLink captures it all! So hot off the web, I present to you these past weeks in transit!

#MyTransLink – June 27, 2017

There’s a reason it’s called Beautiful British Columbia, and this weeks #MyTransLink showcases so much of the beauty of the region. This time we’ve got sunny summer days and sprawling blue skies – a recurring theme among your recent transit shots, and the compilation below is no exception. Check it out and see what’s been seen on and around our system!

#MyTransLink – June 13, 2017

I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it bears saying again – You guys sure set the transit photography bar high! In just six months, the #MyTransLink series has grown to almost 700 photos shared on Instagram and Twitter.

Photos from daily commutes, one off adventures, worldly travels and more.

This week in #MyTransLink is one of my faves to-date. Check out the drool worthy captures from some of Metro Vancouver’s most talented on-transit photogs!

Read more »

#MyTransLink – May 30, 2017

Welcome back to another week of #MyTransLink, a reader curated photo series featuring on-the-go transit shots from around Metro Vancouver. This week captures summer making it’s appearance around the region! Cityscapes, blue sky’s and sunsets on the horizon are just some of what you found interesting on and around the system this week. Check out all the snap happy shots below!

Dont know what to caption this… #photography #like4like #skytrain #vancity #mytranslink

A post shared by Francesca Ibay (@pinkypieeater) on

. . . . #seabus #sonya6000 #sonyalpha #silhouette #vancouverisawesome

A post shared by Paul H. Paulino (@paulhpaulino) on

Welcome home. #NewWestminster #skytrain #bridge #landscape #cityscape #mytranslink

A post shared by Cliff Blank (@cliffblank) on

Once again, thanks to all of our latest transit photographers for snapping and sharing your shots with us! Keep them coming!

Want to be featured on the blog?
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

 

Ridership is on the rise: Q1 2017 reports continued growth

Q1 2017 Infographic

The annual trend of breaking ridership records continues through the first quarter of 2017. A 5.6% increase in individual Boardings, and a 5.1% increase in Journeys (number of start-to-finish trips taken on transit) shows transit ridership growing significantly compared to the same period last year.

Contributing to the growth is an increase in the number of average weekday Boardings for all modes with the exception of West Coast Express which saw a slight decrease.

  • Expo/Millennium Line – up 13.8%
  • Canada Line – up 7%
  • Bus – up 4.6%
  • SeaBus – up 3.6%
  • West Coast Express – down 5.8%

Explanation of growth

Various key factors play a role in ridership growth. We have identified some of the biggest players:

Transit Service Hours – Overall increased service hours in 2017 including the implementation of the Evergreen Extension.

Number of working days – There were 2 more working days in Q1 of 2017 over the previous year.

Weather – Metro Vancouver saw unseasonably cold and snowy conditions this winter. While the impact of weather on transit is not clear, data shows that commuters often substitute modes from walking/cycling to transit/driving during inclement weather.

Fuel Prices – Fuel prices in Q1 of 2017 averaged 15% higher than during the same time last year, and is a likely cause for commuters to park their vehicles and hop on transit.

Transit Fare Prices – With no change in transit fares over the past year, transit remains an attractive option.

Economic Growth & Activities – Various economic factors have contributed to growing ridership such as highest new housing starts, increased tourism, increased retail sales, and increased population and employment.

For more information check out our Accountability Centre.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – April 25, 2017

Ok transit shutterbugs, it’s that time again!

It’s time to feature some of the latest, awesome pics in our social photo series #MyTransLink!

#288 #? #translink #skytrain #citylights #vancouver #scienceworld #nightphotography #mytranslink

A post shared by Linda & Christopher (@oneyearcanada) on

Sea Bus

A post shared by Philipp Postrehovsky (@philpostro) on

SkyTrain. #TheTraveller #Vancouver #TransLink #Canada #Sky #Train #mytranslink

A post shared by Channy Anand (@channyanand) on

Keep those Instagram #MyTransLink posts coming. Get snapping on your commute and you could be featured on our social channels, too!

Author: Adrienne Coling

Fun poll: Where did your first transit trip take you?

6Happy to be riding skytrain

Loving life on SkyTrain

Do you remember your first transit trip?

Mine was pretty early in my life (‘baby me’ found TTC subways quite soothing) but the first transit trip I actually remember is when I was five and we took the bus to the library to meet Robert Munsch.

I gleamed as I saw the driver who was smiling and welcoming me aboard. I felt excitement as I got to drop the coins into the farebox and choose our seats. I remember the feel of the vinyl as my legs stuck to the material in the hot summer weather. I can even recall the ding as I yanked on the stop request cord.

To me, this was a totally new experience that was exhilarating and fun and that was BEFORE meeting my childhood literary hero!

There are first time riders at every age with  many different and interesting stories. So, tell us! Where did your first transit trip take you?

Vote below and tell us your story!

Where did your first transit trip take you?

  • School (25%, 21 Votes)
  • Shopping (16%, 14 Votes)
  • Entertainment event (15%, 13 Votes)
  • For fun! (no destination) (12%, 10 Votes)
  • To see family or friends (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Home (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Appointment or meeting (7%, 6 Votes)
  • Other – comment below! (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Sporting event (2%, 2 Votes)
  • Work (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 85

Author: Adrienne Coling

#MyTransLink – April 4, 2017

You Metro Vancouver transit riders and enthusiasts don’t seem to disappoint with your amazing transit shots! Since we started this social media photo series, you’ve shared over 400 photos with us across all platforms!

Amazing!

Let’s check out what you guys have captured since last time!

Huge thanks to all of our latest transit photogs! Keep snapping and sharing!

Want to be featured on the blog?
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher

#MyTransLink – March 21, 2017

It’s that time again! We’re back featuring content from you – our riders!

Check out what our transit travellers have snapped lately…

“Explore more” – – Photo – 56 of 365 #photography #photo365 #mytranslink

A post shared by Jamie Taylor (@cryptic_photos) on

Visions? – Westcoast Express X Skytrain ? – Have a great weekend?

A post shared by Ibrahima Cisse ? (@thevancityphotographer) on

Foggy bus windows on chilly days. #mytranslink

A post shared by Julie Ratcliff (@juliemratcliff) on

Thanks to all of our latest transit photogs!

Want to be featured on the blog?
Simply follow us on Twitter and Instagram, tag us and use the hashtag #MyTransLink.

Author: Sarah Kertcher and Adrienne Coling