Ridership hits single-day high since the start of the pandemic

Ridership hits single-day high since the start of the pandemic

Customers with holiday shopping bags waiting for the bus

There continues to be encouraging signs of ridership bouncing back, as people choose transit to take them to the places and people they love.

TransLink set a new single-day ridership high on Black Friday, as customers hopped on transit to shop for the best deals.

With 571,000 journeys on Nov. 26, ridership surpassed Halloween as the highest single day for ridership since March 2020.

Ridership is at 60% of pre-COVID levels, but this shows when people have somewhere to go, whether it’s deal hunting at the mall or trick-or-treating, they choose transit.

It’s something we have consistently seen as transit ridership rebounds from March 2020 levels. In September, transit experienced its highest boost in ridership in 18 months, as people returned to their offices and students to their classrooms over the four weekdays after Labour Day.

And oh, do we have places for you to go! Transit has been a safe and reliable way to get around our region.

This holiday season, Shop the Line and let TransLink take you to all the shops around the region, located near transit. Whether it’s the unique artisan studios on Granville Island to designer fashion that you can’t find anywhere else but on Main Street, let us do the driving and you just take in the magic that comes with browsing for that perfect gift.

Load a DayPass on your Compass Card or purchase one at a Compass Vending Machine and Shop the Line. A DayPass provides unlimited transit use on all buses, SkyTrain and SeaBus for one day from the start of the first transit service to the end of the service day. You can use a DayPass for travel through all zones, and save money over buying single fares when you take multiple trips in the same day.

Need more reasons to take transit? Riding can be rewarding. Literally! From now until March 2022, every transit trip you take with a Sweepstakes-registered Compass Card, you’re entered in our  Tap In to Win contest. The prizes include travel and transportation-related items, from our partners at Destination Vancouver, Rad Power Bikes, BC Ferries and YVR, just to name a few.

Learn how you can enter the TransLink Tap In to Win Sweepstakes contest here.