Vancouver Commuting Habits

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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.

Commuting Habits

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

http://www.omaccanada.ca/en/market/vancouver/default.omac

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2 Responses to “Vancouver Commuting Habits”

  1. Richard Says:

    More like the Out-of-date Marketing Research Association of Canada. They are using the data from the 2001 Census which was during a transit strike, before the Millennium Line opened and almost a decade ago.

    This certainly does not back up your claim “despite being in operation in the Vancouver area for over 25 years and over $8 billion invested…” as the stats are from 15 years after SkyTrain started and the investment at that point would have been far less than $8 billion.

    You might want to be more careful in the future as this would make your arguments much more credible.

    Zweisystem replies: A well know SkyTrain supporter, who has never answered the question why;”after being on the market for over 30 years, only 7 such systems have been built and not one of those were allowed to compete against LRT. Richard, I am sorry, but the SkyTrain lobby has created such a vast myth about the proprietary metro system, that really nothing you guys say, is taken very seriously. Go back to your Skyscraper page and moan there.

  2. BCPhil Says:

    Zweisystem, the statscan website clearly has footnotes that state what Richard points out. In 1996, transit share was at 14.3%, in 2001 because of the strike it dropped to 11.5%. But in the 2006 census, it was up to 16.5%. And that’s still before Canada Line.

    At 16.5%, that puts Metro Vancouver ahead of Calgary(15.6%) and Edmonton(9.7%) in 2006. I guess LRT is a failure too? And at 16.5% we are ahead of every major US city except New York in transit share.

    And Vancouver City Proper is at 42.9% sustainable mode share, the best City in the nation.

    Zweisystem replies: I know that your claims have been dealt with in the past and boarder on fiction. Regionally, transit use is less, at about 14%. As for the Canada Line, there is no evidence of a modal shift and what new customers it has attracted are people with cheap passes and concession fares, hardly the customer base to make the Canada Line successful. In fact there is growing evidence of multiple boardings a day by the same pass holder (up to 8 times) and pass sharing, making sensible statistics almost impossible. The bottom line, there is far less actual people using transit that TransLink claims.

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