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Trend toward transit

<p>The car is still king among commuters, but 63 per cent more people in the Vancouver area took transit to and from work in 2006 compared to 2001.</p>

But cars still rule roads as drivers outnumber transit riders 4 to 1



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Isabel Ford is seen here at Granville Station on her way home yesterday. According to a Statistics Canada study there was a 63 per cent increase in public transit ridership in Vancouver between 2001 and 2006, though drivers still outnumber riders about four to one.



The car is still king among commuters, but 63 per cent more people in the Vancouver area took transit to and from work in 2006 compared to 2001.



According to a Statistics Canada study released yesterday, drivers still outnumber transit riders about four to one, but the bus and SkyTrain are gaining.



In 2006, 165,435 of the area’s roughly one million residents used transit to get to work, compared to 104,020 five years previous.



Candice Montgomery, 24, who works at the TD Tower in downtown Vancouver, leaves her car at home and commutes from Langley every day. She takes SkyTrain and the bus for the roughly three-hour round trip.



"Driving would take longer and be more expensive," she said, adding that rush-hour traffic is stressful.



Isabel Ford said she chooses transit because it’s eco-friendly.





But Erin Shannon, 26, a financial aid adviser at the University of B.C., said she drives to work daily from Kitsilano.



"Parking and a monthly bus pass are the same price. With driving I have more flexibility in when I leave for work and come home," she said. "(It’s) a 15-minute drive to work versus a 30- to 40-minute commute during peak hours," Shannon said.



TransLink’s Clark Lim said the trend toward transit will continue because of continuing investment in transit expansion projects, like the Canada, Millennium and Evergreen lines.




kristen.thompson@metronews.ca


 
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