Canadian Transit Ridership Marks Another Record Year



    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Public transit ridership statistics for 2007
showed an increase of 3.1% nationally for a record 1.76-billion trips, as
reported today by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).
    "For the fifth consecutive year, Canadian transit systems are setting
ridership records," says CUTA President & CEO Michael Roschlau. "The growth is
an increase of 52 million trips, which is more than the entire ridership at a
transit system the size of Winnipeg, Québec City or GO Transit (the regional
commuter service in the Greater Toronto Area).
    "Canadians are choosing transit at unprecedented levels," adds CUTA Chair
Steve New. "Transit riders understand the importance of their travel choice in
reducing emissions in our cities and communities and in easing traffic
congestion."
    Examples of communities that experienced double digit increases in 2007
are: Charlottetown PEI (25.5%); Kelowna BC (18.1%); Saskatoon SK (17.0%);
Laurentides QC (14.9%); Whitehorse YT (11.2%); and, Brandon MB (10.3%).
    "Keeping and attracting even more new riders to continue this trend is
dependent on long-term, predictable investment to increase service," adds
Roschlau. "Sustainable growth needs to be matched with predictable and
sustainable funding."
    CUTA's most recent national infrastructure survey reported a
$40.1 billion need for public transit capital investment for the period
2008-2012. CUTA has been advocating for the implementation of a National
Transit Strategy that includes dedicated long term funding to support transit
needs in communities of all sizes across Canada.
    "We are working with all orders of government to establish a National
Transit Strategy that would include new investment to meet the accessibility
and mobility needs of all Canadians," closes New. "The need for enhanced
public transit has never been as important as today when Canadians are faced
with high gas prices, increased pollution and climate change."

    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




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