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Olympic Boost to Vancouver Transit Ridership, Then a Drop

Transit ridership boomed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, but the numbers have since fallen.
February 12, 2011, 7am PST | Nate Berg
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"In the Olympic period, bus ridership jumped by 34 per cent, SkyTrain usage went up 54 per cent and the number of people on the SeaBus increased 200 percent.

Results of a study released Tuesday indicate about 44 per cent of those who made the switch continue to use transit.

The study found that the rest returned to their cars, citing the length of their commute, inconvenience and infrequent service, said Bernard Magnan of the Vancouver Board of Trade."

Increased frequency of buses and trains during the Olympics are cited as the reason for the jump in ridership -- and the reduction of that frequency is linked with its gradual decrease.

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Published on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 in CBC
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