Toronto, Ontario – Canadians are using public transit more often, with ridership up 4.93 per cent for the first six months of 2011 over the same period in 2010, according to the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).

“This ridership growth is impressive and shows a strong demand for service,” said Michael Roschlau, president and CEO of CUTA. “Improvements to increase the capacity and the quality of service are having a notable impact.”

The rise represents an addition of slightly more than 45 million new trips taken by Canadians on public transit in the six-month period, a trend that builds on the growth of previous decades.

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