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Data Enables Transit-Oriented Development

posted on 10:32 AM, September 1, 2017
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Compass Card fare gates at Olympic Village. credit: TransLink

Frequent transit service that serves people where they live and work is critical for a livable region, which is why high-density development and transit go hand in hand. “Easy access to transit means more options for people in how they get around, it means there’s a great alternative to driving, and it helps ensure our growing region’s economy is not crippled by gridlock,” explains Guy Akester, director of real estate programs and partnerships at TransLink. “The Metro Vancouver region’s prosperity depends upon a number of things, but high on the list is the flow of transportation. By building on frequent transit, developers are meeting the demand of people who want the option of using transit and the financial and lifestyle benefits that can result.”

TransLink works with municipalities to plan and execute transit-oriented development. One of it’s major contributions is the data collected by the new Compass Card program, which captures information on exactly where, how, and when customers are travelling through the transit network. The data reveals where there is transit capacity, allows TransLink to match service with demand, and gives municipalities and the development community insight into travel volume through stations.

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Read more about Compass Card, transit data, and transit-oriented development projects in the Lower Mainland in “Collecting Data to Support Transit-Oriented Development,” in the Summer 2017 issue of Input, page 20. Download Summer 2017

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