Vancouver calls B.S. on TransLink being named ‘best public transit system in North America’


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TransLink was named the best large public transit system in North America by the American Public Transportation Association on July 24. However, not everyone thought the accolade was deserved.

In fact, the overwhelming majority of Vancouver Is Awesome readers remarked that they do not support the selection. While many people commented on how the other nominees must have been absolutely horrible, others asked if the award was actually a joke.

The award’s criteria was based on a number of factors including: ridership growth, operational efficiency, maintenance initiatives, customer service, financial management, marketing and sustainability. In response, a number of locals commented on how TransLink’s buses are consistently late and inefficient, while others noted that other systems are simply better.

Lower Mainland riders took to Twitter to voice their dissent, and the comments continue to pour in.

With the bad news in mind, a few Lower Mainland commenters felt that the scathing remarks were undeserved. Some people noted that Vancouverites were rather entitled, and simply don’t realize how well their system operates. Similarly, a number of users mentioned that while the system has its faults, riders would be hard-pressed to find one without any shortcomings.