Improving Ground Access
We continued to reduce emissions and improve ground access thanks to a number of existing initiatives. This included a 66 per cent hybrid taxi fleet, expansion of our electric vehicle charging infrastructure to nine stalls and the ongoing use of the Canada Line, carpooling options, cycling infrastructure and our cellphone waiting lot.
As part of our commitment to sustainable transportation, we invested $300 million in the Sea Island portion of the Canada Line, which began operations in August 2009. Approximately 2.9 million passengers used the Canada Line to travel to and from YVR in 2017—an increase of one per cent over 2016. YVR has some of the highest transit ridership in North America, with 22 per cent of people coming to the airport arriving on the Canada Line and buses in 2017.
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
YVR currently has 19 accessible electric vehicle charging stalls for public, employee and fleet use. In 2017, we recorded 4,978 charges from our public and employee stations—an increase of 171 per cent over 2016. Since installing our first charging station in 2013, we have seen growth every year in the number of charges, totaling 8,964 charges recorded from these stations.
In 2017, we continued to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in our public and fleet parking lots. We added one fast charger in the public Parkade and three Level 2 chargers in our long-term parking lot. We also added four Level 2 chargers in our fleet locations.
We continue to see growth in cycling at YVR. Our bike trackers recorded 87,688 cyclists on Sea Island in 2017, a four per cent growth over 2016. To encourage this positive trend, we participate in Bike to Work Week. In 2017, 25 YVR employees participated in both spring and fall Bike to Work Week events, travelling a total of 1,762 km and avoiding 0.38 tonnes of carbon emissions.
In support of these events, YVR organized a bike tour to Iona Beach and offered two complimentary bike inspection workshops to employees in partnership with Union Street Cycle, a Vancouver-based bike servicing company.
YVR has been a long-standing participant of the Commuter Challenge, a national, week-long event during Canadian Environment Week encouraging Canadians to walk, cycle, take public transit, carpool, or work from home. In 2017, 49 employees participated in the Commuter Challenge, travelling 7,170 km and avoiding 0.85 tonnes of carbon emissions.