Passengers press into a northbound Canada Line train at Bridgeport Station in Richmond.

Canada Line boosts rapid transit service levels

Trains connecting Richmond and Vancouver to run more often during the rush

Canada Line trains will run more frequently and peak service will last longer with a bump in service starting Aug. 10.

TransLink spoksman Ken Hardie said the increase from 14 to 16 trains running at the busiest times was planned and built into the operating contract with line builder InTransitBC.

“There’s no incremental cost to TransLink,” he said. “It is happening on schedule.”

But more people than expected are using the rapid transit line connecting Richmond, Vancouver and the airport.

Ridership now averages 116,000 per day on weekdays and 107,000 overall, when weekends are included.

Canada Line ridership wasn’t expected to top 100,000 until 2013 or 2014.

“We’re about two years ahead of where we thought we were going to be,” Hardie said.

TransLink expects a rush of new transit riders this fall when the U-Pass is extended to several new post-secondary institutions, adding 60,000 more students with unlimited transit use built into their student fees.

But Hardie said that wasn’t a factor in increasing the Canada Line service.

New U-Pass students on the Canada Line will for the most part be taking it south to the Kwantlen campus in Richmond, going in the off-peak direction where trains should be less crowded.

Canada Line peak service levels will now run an hour later to 7 p.m.

On weekdays, peak service will also start 30 minutes earlier, at 6:30 a.m.

The Canada Line can currently run an maximum of 20 trains at once, so Hardie said there’s considerable room for further expansion as needed.

The Canada Line handled more than 200,000 riders daily during the 2010 Olympics – which is credited for showing residents how to use the route and ramping up demand quickly.

More frequent bus connections to the line out of South Surrey, White Rock and Delta are also helping draw new riders.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock neighbours to host second-annual ‘Feast for Friends’

Victoria Terrace residents to raise money for food bank

Sold-out in Surrey: the ‘Second Coming of Delamont’s ‘God is a Scottish Drag Queen’

‘The title tends to scare a few people away,’ Victoria-based performer says of his hit show

Task force brainstorms on support for Semiahmoo homeless community

Community service providers gather to discuss options for housing, income safety and more

Two people reportedly sent to hospital after two-vehicle collision in Surrey

Collision happened on the 16500-block of 64 Avenue

Surrey brothers win trip to review Mexico resort

Shaynen and Brennen Singh featured in latest Sunwing commercial

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

Man clings to roof of car driving along busy road in Maple Ridge

The man was also seen jumping on the vehicle

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Most Read

l -->