Riding It Out: Investing in Reliable and Resilient Public Transit

By the Numbers: Public Transit Decline in Canada

Prior to the pandemic, 75% of workers commuted to work by private vehicle, 13% used public transit, 7% walked or cycled to work and about 1% used another mode of transportation. Fewer than 1 in 20 workers teleworked (4%). Although private vehicles remain the most common mode of commuting since the onset of the pandemic, its share has declined from 75% to 67% in June. The decrease in the proportion of workers using public transit was even more pronounced, falling from 13% to 3% of workers — half the rate of those who walked or bicycled to work (6%). In June, 22% of Canadians were working from home and slightly less than 2% were using another mode of transportation. (Statistics Canada)
“The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) made note that even during the height of the lockdown, transit was moving a million people a day — many of them essential workers. The association explains ridership is increasing as the economy reopens and even though it will not reach pre-pandemic levels likely for years, transit services will need to remain relatively high to prevent crowding on board vehicles.” Source: Mass Transit

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