A new study from the Pembina Institute shows that investing in public transit is essential for any city to reduce the gridlock their streets face and for commuters who have no access to cars to conveniently travel around their city. But as the report shows, not all transit systems are built equal. The report examines 5 of Canada’s largest cities and analyzes how well each respective transit system serves their city’s residents and how effective each city has responded to the growth of their cities. Some of the findings from the Pembina report are:
- Toronto has the highest rapid transit ridership per capita, with residents taking an average 133 transit trips annually
- Calgary leads Canada’s cities in rapid transit infrastructure per capita, despite the fact that Toronto has a higher rapid transit ridership
- Vancouver has built the most rapid transit over the last 20 years, opening 44 kilometres of new lines, which is almost twice as much as Calgary’s 29 km. Toronto on the other hand has only built 18 km of new rapid transit in the same time frame
- Over the past decade, Calgary and Vancouver built the most transit, opening 22 km and 20 km of new rapid transit lines respectively
- Montreal leads the way in access to rapid transit, with 37% of their residents living at walking distance to a rapid transit stop or station. Toronto comes at a close second with 34% of residents living at walking distance
To view the full report and the executive summary, follow the link here.