TransLink says the new Evergreen line SkyTrain extension is off to a bumper start, serving more than 30,000 passengers on an average weekday.
Those numbers cover the line’s first eight weeks in operation, in December and January.
TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan says those figures already show a 10 per cent boost from opening day, and are expected to go higher.
“There’s a lot of development happening around SkyTrain, and certainly that’s happening in Tri Cities as well, so we think it’s a good start, 30,000, but we definitely see ridership rising fairly significantly over time.”
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That said, Bryan says where it goes from here is up to a number of factors.
TransLink has previously said it hoped to hit a ridership of 70,000 by 2021, but Bryan says it will depend on factors like how development proceeds along the line, and the health of the economy.
“In the case of the Canada Line for example, we had a built in high ridership right from day one we had a number of bus lines that used to go back and forth from Richmond into Vancouver. Those people were pushed onto the Canada Line so to speak. In Tri Cities it’s a little bit different.”
The Canada Line now sees more than 120,000 passengers on an average day weekday.
Bryan adds bus service improvements, slated for April, are also expected to feed system ridership.