The one-year anniversary party of the Canada Line was like a reunion for city, regional and transit staff who worked on the years-long project to get the train line running.

“It’s almost like a meeting of the clan,” said Ken Hardie, spokesperson for TransLink, at the celebration outside the Broadway-City Hall station yesterday.

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie, TransLink CEO Pat Jacobsen and members of the Vancouver Police Department helped hand out mini cupcakes to passersby.

Some even hopped on buses and gave cupcakes to riders.

Rob Howard, MLA for Richmond Centre, said the celebration — and the higher-than-expected daily ridership — validates all the hard work.

“There were a lot of questions, but it’s turned into a success,” he said.

“We hear story after story from people that have had their transit times cut way back. We did this for (them), to reduce congestion and greenhouse gasses.”