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Canada Line poll results

Last week’s fun post asked what you thought of the Canada Line, one year on.

And after 173 votes, 92% said “Thumbs up” to the Canada Line service! 6% said “Thumbs down,” and 2% hadn’t had a chance to ride it yet.

In the comments, lots of people said they liked the line, but had a few qualms. Here’s Ed:

Overall, it is a winner in my books. Before the Canada Line was even thought of, I could not have imagined going from Richmond to downtown Vancouver in under half an hour. It is extremely convenient, especially for a student like myself. I do agree that the station layouts is a bit questionable, a 3rd car would have been nice. It can be a bit frustrating during peak hours, and 7 min waits in Richmond (14 mins at night!) is kind of irritating. Hopefully that can be solved in the near future.

And many had questions about future expansion, and wanted more investment in projects like these. Here’s Chris:

The trains are great. I like the smooth ride and the extra space for luggage and bikes. It’s amazing how quickly you can get from downtown to the airport.

I wish more money would have went into the planning and construction of the stations – the platforms are way too short and the architecture is very grey, concrete, bland. I know the government wanted to save money, but it was short-sighted.

Fair enough: this is something we do hear, and it’s definitely useful advice for future projects. Check out all the comments here!


  • By Kevin Lam, August 20, 2010 @ 8:54 pm

    FASTER TRAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By zack, August 21, 2010 @ 4:17 pm

    I love the Canada Line, it’s smooth and convenient. Never have I imagined I could travel from Downtown Vancouver to Richmond and YVR in less than half an hour! I have to admit it, even though I don’t live anywhere near the Canada Line, I’ve used it for 100+ times since it opened. Some reasons were important while others was just for the fun of it!

    However, there are some things that I think could be improved. First, there are no “as I recall” escalators facing downward, and for those using the elevator at some stations, they must transfer twice before arriving at bus or street level. And the announcements are way too loud, it’s like someone’s using a powerful speakerphone “(ouch!)”. On the Expo Line there are numerous signage’s to help direct people to their destinations, and does not uses loud announcements like the one on the Canada Line. Also, during peak hours the trains become very crowded, at one time I was on the train, and passengers waiting at (Broadway City Hall and King Edward couldn’t even enter because the train was so full.

    I did hear however on Global that TransLink is planning to add a second car next year, I’m wondering if that story is verified.

  • By David M, August 23, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    I missed the poll. I love Canada Line generally, but I am not impressed with the late night service frequency. I thought the whole point of automated skytrain was to have frequent shorter trains (no drivers right). So the 20 minute frequency on the branches is worse than any metro system that has drivers. Surely the cost of power to run the trains at higher frequencies, thus attracting more traffic would be worth it. Finally, how does one conveniently connect from a train running every 20 minutes to a bus running every 30 minutes?

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, August 24, 2010 @ 9:45 am

    zack: I haven’t heard anything about second cars being added. Did you mean a third car being added to in the middle of the train? That’s certainly possible, but I haven’t heard anything about it being implemented.

  • By Jacob, August 24, 2010 @ 6:51 pm

    @ Zack
    There are actually downward escalators in Richmond Brighouse, and I think tempelton.

    When they connect Broadway-city hall station to the broadway line, make sure it isnt a long hallway like the one at waterfront.

    Also, the in bound platform is so inconvinient at oakridge and 49th.

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