CTrain Carries its One Billionth Customer

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February 18, 2009 - After only 28 years of operation, Calgary’s CTrain today carried its one billionth passenger and counting.

Mayor Dave Bronconnier, members of City Council and Calgary Transit Director Fred Wong congratulated commuter Shelly Xiao during a ceremony at the 1 Street SW CTrain Station.

Ms. Xiao was randomly selected as Calgary Transit’s one billionth CTrain customer since the light rail transit system began operation May 25, 1981.

"One billion customers is an amazing performance and a reflection of the tremendous growth of our transit system," said Mayor Dave Bronconnier.

Ridership on the CTrain continues to grow and has doubled over the past 10 years. When the west leg of the LRT is completed, The City will have nearly doubled the size of the CTrain network in just over a decade.

2009 is Calgary Transit’s centennial year and the fact that the one billionth customer is recorded this year makes it particularly special.

"This is quite the milestone for our organization," Fred Wong said, noting the CTrain system is the most popular LRT system in North America, carrying over 280,000 people every week day.

"We are proudly looking forward to serving the community over the next 100 years."

Ms. Xiao received an assortment of gifts to commemorate the occasion, including monthly transit passes until the end of 2009 and a limited edition model SD 160 CTrain car.

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Theresa Keddy
Communications Strategist
Calgary Transit

City of Calgary - Transportation Department - Calgary Transit
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