The following information from the Out-of-home Marketing Research Association of Canada or OMAC is certainly contrary to the SkyTrain lobby claims that SkyTrain takes a large share of Vancouver’s commuters. But Zwei knew that already as if any claims made by Translink about SkyTrain being a wunder system are quickly dispelled by the lack of overseas recognition of any claims made about SkyTrain. The statistics also backs up Zwei’s claim that despite being in operation in the Vancouver area for over 25 years and over $8 billion invested, SkyTrain has failed to show a modal shift from car to transit.
The question is: “Why does Translink continually force SkyTrain planning on the region, when it has failed miserably to alleviate auto congestion and gridlock?”
The answer my friends is blowing in the winds around those the Ivory Towers on Kingsway.
Mode of Transportation to Work
Driving to work is the dominant mode of transportation.
Driver or passenger in Vehicle – 79.2%
Public Transportation – 11.5%
Walk – 6.5%
Bicycle – 1.9%
Length of Commute to Work
There has been a consistent growth in vehicle kilometers travelled on a typical weekday in Vancouver. The population growth, the increased size of the city and the improving economic conditions all contribute to the growth in vehicle kilometers travelled.
41% of Vancouver workers commuted between 5 km. and 15 km. Only 8% commuted more than 25 km.
· 34.8% travel < 5 kms.
· 41.2% travel 5 – 14.9kms.
· 16.2% travel 15 – 24.9 kms.
· 7.7% travel 25 kms. +
Time Spent By Car Commuting To Work
Vancouverites spend a average of 70 minutes traveling by car to work. This has increased from 58 minutes in 1986.
Source: Stats Can 2001 Census: Where Canadians Work and How They Get There