TransLink: Canada Line numbers exceed forecast
TransLink says the Canada Line has exceeded its ridership forecast. (CARMINE MARINELLI/ 24 HOURS)
TransLink says the Canada Line has exceeded its ridership forecast, with the latest measurements showing 5,500 passengers are boarding per-direction each hour during the busiest peak times.
But that figure barely scratches a third of the potential capacity of the line, which TransLink spokeswoman Jiana Ling says could, with modifications, accommodate up to 15,000 passengers in each direction hourly.
“For the future capacity it can be done, it’s things like adding trains or making minor modifications to the platforms,” she said.
At its current configuration, the Canada Line’s maximum capacity — providing train frequency does not increase and platforms aren’t widened — is 6,500 passengers per direction hourly.
The full capacity of 15,000 is the maximum potential TransLink has anticipated by 2045, Ling said.
“But that also depends on future funding and such, then you have to purchase trains and so.”