BY THE NUMBERS: Canada Day on transit
The crowd sings O Canada at the Canada Day celebrations at Canada Place, Vancouver on July 1, 2017. (Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo)
Vancouver expected to host record-breaking crowds over the Canada Day long weekend, so it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of people used Metro Vancouver’s transit system to make their way to and from downtown for the celebrations at Canada Place.
“TransLink plays a critical role in getting people to and from major events and this past weekend was no different,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Our customers expect us to be at our best and know they can rely on us for extra service whenever people in Metro Vancouver gather to celebrate.”
There were about 182,000 tap ins and taps outs at Waterfront Station on July 1. Waterfront was the closest station to the festivities held at Canada Place.
190 PER CENT
Data shows nearly a 190 per cent increase in the number of passengers using Waterfront Station on Canada Day compared to an average Saturday in June 2017.
The number of tap ins and tap outs at Waterfront Station for an average Saturday last month was about 63,000.
40 PER CENT
Nearly 500,000 passengers used SkyTrain across the system on Canada Day — an increase of 40 per cent compared to an average Saturday last month.
West Coast Express, a commuter rail service that usually runs during peak morning and evening periods on weekdays, operated a special Canada Day Express train and more than 1,100 passengers used the service.
SeaBus provided extra and extended service, with sailings every 15 minutes. More than 30,000 passengers used SeaBus on Canada Day — nearly double for an average Saturday last month.