COVID-19: The Future of Transit in Metro Vancouver

On behalf of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, Mustel Group conducted an online survey among 300 Metro Vancouver residents concerning the future of transportation in the region. Respondents were asked about how they expect COVID-19 to impact their personal mobility choices, and how they see the pandemic affecting mobility trends in the area.

Survey highlights:

  • Over one-third of all survey participants expect to increase their private vehicle use in the future (37%), with nearly the same number expecting to decrease their use of public transportation (34%).
  • Despite the impact of the pandemic, respondents indicated available funding for new transportation infrastructure (65%) was most likely to impact how we move and travel throughout the region, followed by public health (53%), population growth (47%), and land use policies/development (37%).
  • Younger residents, those under 35 years of age, are the most likely to expect their travel choices will be impacted by the pandemic. Unsurprisingly, this group is also the most likely to feel that technology will have the greatest impact on our regional transportation choices in the future.
  • Those in the City of Vancouver more so than elsewhere in Metro Vancouver expect to increase their active transportation trips (biking and walking).


GVBoT Press Release

Media Coverage:
Vancouver Sun
The Province




About this poll:
This survey was conducted using Mustel Group’s Online Omnibus Survey from May 20th – 25th. The results have been statistically weighted to match Canada census on the basis of age and gender. The margin of error on a random probability sample of 300 respondents is ±5.7 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.