SkyTrain for Surrey, not LRT!

Canada Line train at Vancouver City Centre Station - CC-BY Wikimedia Commons

Readers of Peace Arch News, Surrey Leader and Surrey Now may have spotted the claim by our campaign Chair Daryl Dela Cruz that the Canada Line has attracted more riders than the entire Portland MAX (Metropolitan Area eXpress) Light Rail Transit system. These are the numbers:

System Opening Year(s) Average weekday boardings (2011)
SkyTrain – Canada Line only 2009 136,259 [1]
Portland MAX LRT 1986, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2009 126,700 [2]
[1] TransLink reports ridership heading for a new record – 22nd August, 2011 <>
[2] TriMet service and ridership information – 19th October, 2011 <


Daryl also made a claim that Portland’s commute-to-work mode-share has stayed still for 15 years despite $4 billion in LRT investment.  This claim is confirmed in our report: Light Rail Ineffective: Portland transit mode-share unchanged despite $4 billion+ in LRT spending. This report is based on data collected by the City of Portland itself.

Canada Line outperforms entire LRT system