May 24, 2006

Canadians taking public transit at record levels

Toronto, Ontario – Preliminary public transit ridership statistics for 2005 show an increase of 2.5 per cent nationally, with an all-time record 1.63 billion trips taken last year, as reported by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). It is the third consecutive year of record levels.

The year-over-year growth represents an increase of 35 million trips, equal to the entire ridership of a system the size of Winnipeg or Quebec City. Reasons include rising fuel and car insurance costs, transit service increases in some communities and awareness of environmental issues.

CUTA’s recent national survey of Canadian transit systems reported a $20.7 billion need for public transit capital infrastructure investment from now until 2010.

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