It’s TransLink’s tenth birthday today!
You might not know this, but TransLink is a pretty unique organization — it’s the very first transportation agency in North America, responsible for planning and managing both public transit, major roads, and other transport modes in the region.
This integrated model lets us plan the network as a strategic whole, has helped Metro Vancouver become one of the most livable regions in the world, and has won us some lovely accolades along the way. (Check out this nice article about us from Mass Transit magazine in May 2006!)
If you’re interested in learning more, have a look at our recently written history book (3MB PDF) — it tells our story from the start in 1999 to 2008.
And if you’d like some quick tidbits, here’s our last 10 years by the numbers!
|Population of Metro Vancouver||2.02 M||2.27 M||An increase of 12.37%|
|Number of annual boardings (by service)||Bus 175.8 M
SkyTrain 43.6 M
SeaBus 5.1 M
West Coast Express 1.8 M
Total 226.3 M
|Bus 220.7 M
SkyTrain 73.5 M
SeaBus 5.5 M
West Coast Express 2.7 M
Total 302.4 M
|Bus 26 %
SkyTrain 69 %
SeaBus 8 %
West Coast Express 50%
Total 34% increase
|Number of transit service hours provided||4.1 M||5.6 M||An increase of 36.6%|
|Size of the bus fleet||1,330 buses||1,830 buses||An increase of 37.5%|
|Length of SkyTrain system||28.26 km||67.30 km (including the Canada Line)||An increase of 135%|
(By Feb 2010: 298)
|99% increase (1999 – 2010)|
|Annual funding for transit operations||$392.7 M (in 2000)||$780.5 M||An increase of 99%|
|Size of capital program (investments in road and transit expansion and upgrades)||$600 million||$2.3 billion||An increase of 283%|
|Total provided to Metro Vancouver municipalities to operate, maintain and rehabilitate arterial roads on the Major Road Network||
$141 million (1999-2008)
|Total invested in road and bridge improvements (minor capital program)||$320 million from 1999-2008, including
|Total invested or committed for new roads and bridges (major capital projects)||
$1.630 billion from 1999-2008, including
Happy birthday, TransLink!