Some more Translink statistic

January 14, 2013

That is a complement to one of our previous post:

Bus expense and revenue per Translink region

Bus expenses and revenue per Translink region

Some comments on the above figure

Property values assesment per Translink region

Property values assesment per Translink region

Bus boarding per Translink region

Bus boarding per Translink region

  • The number of revenue bus hour is estimated of the above too, but the cost per revenue bus hour is estimated at $180 (instead of $116), to match the finanical information as provided by [1][3]
Bus revenue hour per Translink region

Bus revenue hour per Translink region


[1] 2011 Statutory Annual Report, Translink 2011, Burnaby

[2] We estimate that the revenue per boarding is equivalent in all region, people travelling multi zone generating more boarding that people travelling into a single zone

[3] The discrepancy is eventually due to the fact that [1] doesn’t take account the deadend trip and other layover. Those are probably much more important in the outer suburb than in Vancouver proper. That is balanced by the fact that Vancouver region operate much articulated bus than other region. (see our previous post on it)

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6 Responses to “Some more Translink statistic”

  1. rico Says:

    I don’t know if it is fair to use a single revenue per boarding as South of Fraser users should be buying a higher proportion of multizone fares than Vancouver.

    • Voony Says:

      fair enough, but a 3 zones fare has greater chance to generate 3 boardings than a single zone one (we count boarding, not revenue passenger there). That is the reason of footnote [2] thought I admit it is an over simplifcation due to lack of better data to support better estimation.

  2. Rico Says:

    Fair enough, I will also admit I did not have a better number or I would have offered it…..


  3. […] [4] See our reference spreadsheet (which has been updated with the 2014 data) for further detail. [5] We use here the hourly operating cost as stated in the 2013 Bus Service Performance Review (see Annex A): it is worth to note that this hourly operating cost doesn’t include neither the lay over and dead end trips. It doesn’t differentiate artics buses from standard ones too: the $100 mark is a very significant under estimate of the real operating cost of a route. A $180 per customer hour service could be closer to reality as we have seen before. […]


  4. […] ~90% of the Translink revenue service is provided in an area not greater than Ottawa or Toronto (see our post here) […]


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