Fewer Vehicles Taking to Vancouver Roads

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VANCOUVER, B.C. – It appears traffic congestion in the Lower Mainland may actually be on the decrease as more residents opt for public transportation, the Insurance Corp. of B.C. (ICBC) reports. ICBC statistics show the number of registered vehicles in Vancouver has decreased slightly while the numbers are also leveling off in the suburbs.

High gas prices and better transit services are possible reasons for the decrease in vehicle use, as well as a shift among young people towards downtown living.

TransLink has reported a ridership increase of 24.6 per cent compared to 2002 and a spike of 9.5 per cent in the first half of this year compared to the same time period in 2003.

“There are some fundamental changes going on,” David Baxter of the research firm Urban Futures tells media. “It’s increasingly possible to live in Vancouver without a motor vehicle.”

The Lower Mainland has been plagued with traffic problems for years now, but a this study and a proposed new Fraser River crossing provide reason for hope.

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