Translink studies show potential of ridership growth

Two recent Translink studies, released today, show Metro Vancouver residents are making the move to transit and out of their cars in a big way.

One concluded that “auto drivers” — solo car drivers commuting to work — declined as a share of traffic to 55.9 per cent in 2008 from 60 per cent in 2004, surely a response to the steady investments in transit during those years. During the same period, transit mode share rose 16 per cent, much faster than the six per cent in population growth.

This evidence, coupled with the massive mode shift achieved during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, should make clear the benefits available from transit investment, but Translink remains in limbo, paralyzed by the province’s refusal to work with Metro Mayors on a new funding regime.

The latest reports from the Translink Mayor’s Council indicate that Victoria’s threatened legislation to “fix” Translink remains some time in the future. The message seems to be, “drivers, start your engines.”