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730am-ish transit update for Wed Sept 9

From my view, trains to Waterfront are fuller. 30-40 are getting off the trains here at City Hall tho, so there’s lots of room for those boarding. Most ppl leaving here seem to be getting on the eastbound 99, which is not that busy right now.

The update from Drew:

BROADWAY-CITY HALL station is becoming a transfer point for people heading to the 99 B-Line EAST-bound — which is arguably less busy than the westbound 99 B-Line at this time of day.  The Eastbound 99 B-Line is also bringing passengfers to the Canada Line — about half in each direction.‬‪ ‬‪

at COMMERCIAL-BROADWAY station, the lineups are still orderly, with Transit Police helping it stay that way … people are handing out free coffee again …‬‪ ‬‪SkyTrain is now running packed coming into COMMERCIAL-BROADWAY on the upper platform, but it’s still a 1-train wait, at most.  Having more 4-car Mark II trains in service now is proving to be a big help at clearing the platform.‬‪ ‬‪

Canada Line trains are still quite full coming out of Richmond, but anyone being left behind usually gets on the next one.‬‪

A couple of pics of the Waterfront train and more.


  • By Donald, September 9, 2009 @ 8:31 am

    I saw a picture of a lineup to the platform at Vancouver City Centre Station, what’s up with that? We’re adults, we don’t need to be babysat. Expo Line platforms and trains get crowded all the time. This will surely drive people away from transit.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 9, 2009 @ 10:41 am

    Hmm, that certainly didn’t happen at any of the other stations I was at, and I didn’t hear about it at the other Canada Line stations where we had people stationed. Didn’t catch a mention of it on Twitter either. Maybe it was just a one off self-organized phenomenon? Are you certain that someone was actually going around lining people up?

  • By lala, September 9, 2009 @ 10:58 am

    Jhenifer, it was on CBC last night saying the platform was overcrowded and they had to shut it down for periods of time, due to safety.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 9, 2009 @ 11:00 am

    What timing: I clicked over to that CBC story just before you posted this.

    The article says, “At one Canada Line station, long lineups were not the fault of full trains, but passengers who stopped at the single entrance to the platform instead of spreading out along the platform to allow people to quickly board the train at its various doors.”

    So I guess we have our answer there!

  • By Ivan, September 9, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    Looking at the photo, people occupy all the spaces going up to the street on City Hall Station. How do people come down to the platform? there should be baricades that seperate traffic directions on the stairs with signages.

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 9, 2009 @ 12:11 pm

    Well, it hasn’t been a problem yet — people coming and going have been naturally cooperating to get where they need to be. No one was really coming down the stairs at this point so the exiting group just expanded to fit the available space. But if people were coming down, those going up would find ways to get out of their way, and those coming down might wait a little bit until a big rush clears, etc, etc.

  • By Rvie, September 9, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

    I acutally got off during that time (7:30 am-ish). I managed to see you there at the station Jhenifer, but then I didn’t get a chance to greet you and say hello since I was in a hurry… =(

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 9, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

    Next time Rvie :) I was probably staring at a BlackBerry anyway, wasn’t I?

  • By Rvie, September 9, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

    Yep, I saw you take out your BlackBerry as I got off the train. ;D

  • By Jim, September 9, 2009 @ 6:38 pm


    I would love to see the ridership numbers on the canada line for the last few days. I am sure other people too would love to see if we hit any cool records. Do you think we could get them?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 10, 2009 @ 10:09 am

    Jim: I’ll see what I can do :)

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano, September 11, 2009 @ 4:36 pm

    Jim: I can’t get it for you right now. It seems that there is a 28-day reporting period for ridership numbers and these must flow back from the Canada Line operator to us on a specific schedule as per our contract. Not sure when the next report will be available but I’ll have more info when it is…

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