TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Preliminary public transit ridership statistics
for 2006 show an increase of 3.21% nationally for a record 1.7-billion trips
taken, as reported today by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).
"For the fourth consecutive year, Canadian transit systems are setting
ridership records," says CUTA President & CEO Michael Roschlau.
"Canadians are choosing transit at unprecedented levels," adds CUTA Chair
Penny Williams. "We expect this trend to continue partly due to Canadian's
placement of the environment as their highest concern as reported in recent
public opinion polls. Canadians understand transit's role as a solution to
reducing car travel."
The year-over-year growth represents an increase of 52.7-million trips,
which is close to the entire ridership at a system the size of Edmonton.
"Federal Minister Lawrence Cannon recently committed to developing a
National Transit Strategy, and we look forward to working with all governments
to help meet this growing demand for transit services," says CUTA Chair Penny
CUTA's last national survey of Canadian transit systems reported a
$20.7-billion need for public transit capital infrastructure investment for
the period 2006-2010.
"Attracting even more new riders and continuing this trend may be limited
without long-term, predictable investment to increase service," adds Roschlau.
"We look forward to working with Minister Cannon to fulfill his pledge to
develop a National Transit Strategy to meet the access and mobility needs of
CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.
For association information, visit www.cutaactu.ca
For further information:
For further information: Maureen Shuell, Director of Communications,
(416) 365-9800 ext. 105; Matt Williams, Communications Coordinator, (416)
365-9800 ext. 118