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Take Transit for the Planet on Earth Day

Take Transit for the Planet on Earth Day

Graphic showing a SkyTrain in front of the earth and flowers blooming next to the text Transit for the planet

TransLink is challenging Metro Vancouverites to leave their car behind and Take Transit for the Planet on Earth Day, April 22.

We’re encouraging Metro Vancouverites to find sustainable ways to get around by taking the bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express. You can even do your part by cycling or walking.

Your individual choice can make a difference in the fight against climate change.

“We know that Metro Vancouverites want to make a difference, and taking public transportation is one of the simplest ways to reduce your carbon footprint,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn.

Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Metro Vancouver; it’s responsible for 35 per cent of all road-based transportation emissions in the region.

By choosing transit over driving, you’re taking one of the biggest steps to reduce your environmental impact.

The battery-electric bus charging at Marpole Loop

Fast Facts

  • If every TransLink customer drove tomorrow, they’d produce enough CO2 to fill 295 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • For every 100 people that take SkyTrain, 229 kg of CO2 emissions are prevented – that’s the same amount of carbon stored in a cubic metre of BC softwood.
  • Every time you take SkyTrain you prevent 2.3 kg of CO2 emissions, or about five bathtubs full of CO2, from going into our atmosphere.
  • A trip on a hybrid-diesel bus would reduce GHGs by over 56% compared to driving.
  • A trip on an electric bus or SkyTrain would reduce GHGs by over 99% compared to driving.
  • Despite providing around one fifth of all trips in Metro Vancouver, transit accounts for only 2.7% of regional road-based transportation emissions.

Added Incentive

TransLink has partnered with SCRAP-IT to offer a Compass Card rebate when drivers scrap their used fossil fuel vehicles. In exchange, customers choose either an eight-month adult 1-Zone or 14-month Concession Compass Card valued at $802.

There have been 34 vehicle trade-ins through this initiative since October 2021.

We’ve also teamed up with the Vancouver Canucks to go green. TransLink is your official transportation option for the Canucks home game at Rogers Arena on April 19. Remember, public transit is always an option when heading to a local game, concert, or event.

Individual action can have a collective impact. On April 22, you can show your support by leaving your vehicle at home to take Transit for the Planet.

Use #Transit4ThePlanet on social when you take the bus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express, or SeaBus on Earth Day.

Learn more about our Climate Action Strategy and how we’re planning a sustainable future for public transit in Metro Vancouver.