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Canada Line gets enthusiastic response

The first week of operation saw a steady stream of commuters embrace the Canada Line.

Canada Line spokesperson Jason Chan told 24 hours that the rapid transit line's first week averaged between 80,000 to 85,000 riders a day.

"I think we saw a combination of the line being brand new and the excitement people have for it," Chan said. "I can't say we're surprised because we were expecting a certain level of novelty, where people want to try it out."

The real test for the line will come after Labour Day, when extensive bus route changes go into effect to make better use of the Canada Line stations.

With all the hype and changes, Chan doesn't expect to get a true picture of how successful the Canada Line has been until the fall.

"Talk to us in about mid-October when people have had a chance to use it and decide if they want to make the line a part of their commute," Chan said.

TransLink spokesperson Drew Snider says commuters - especially those that drive - have a lot to get used to.

Because of that, TransLink will have more staff on hand at Canada Line stations to help commuters find their way.

But riders are also being encouraged to plan ahead.

"It is going to require some getting used to and some research on people's parts to know where they have to go," Snider said. "People need to figure out how it fits into their commute."

Matt Kieltyka reports for Vancouver 24 hours.

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