TransLink says ridership is up 4% so far this year.
Spokesperson Chris Bryan says numbers were originally on track for a 2% increase, but there was a bump in the fall.
“The rainfall we saw in the fall, as miserable as it was, it’s driven people to transit we think. The ridership trend was going upward but it really took off these past three months or so,” he said.
Bryan says that has transit operators smiling.
“It’s pretty good news to talk about. [In] 2015 we had record ridership, all-time high of about 364.3-million boardings on the system and we’re on track for exceeding that,” he said.
At the same time, Bryan says that boost in riders has come at the expense of other mode shares, particularly cyclists with trips by bike in Vancouver is down about 20% in October, over the same month last year.