TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - A Harris Decima survey conducted on behalf of
the Canadian Urban Transit Association reveals that although most
Canadians live in communities served by public transit, the majority of
these Canadians do not think governments have put enough emphasis on
"The majority of those surveyed (60%) say they are "deeply concerned
that governments have not made public transit infrastructure the
priority it needs to be,"" says CUTA Chair, Charles Stolte. "With city
and community issues largely missing from the federal parties'
platforms during this election period, there has to be a shift of focus
to these important issues."
"Only 29% believe the federal government is doing enough to support
public transit infrastructure across the country," says Michael
Roschlau, CUTA President and CEO. "Canadians understand that the
federal government must strengthen its role in ensuring public transit
is adequately funded and supported."
CUTA is one of a number of stakeholders including mayors, the FCM,
Boards of Trade, the Canadian Construction Association (CCA),
environmental groups, and related organizations calling for transit and
community issues to be higher profile among political parties during
this election campaign.
This polling research was designed to support CUTA's Transit Vision 2040 monitoring framework by seeking impressions and opinions of the general
public on issues and matters related to public transit in Canada.
"Canadian transit users share a very positive outlook on the specific
aspects of their system with three in four users rating all aspects as excellent or good," confirms Roschlau. "Whether they use public transit or not, the
majority of Canadians living in communities served by public transit
(64%) believe it is important or very important to have access to public transit in their community."
Seven in ten Canadians (69%) indicate they have access to public transit
in their community. Of those who have access to public transit, two
thirds (67%) use public transit regularly or occasionally in the course
of their day-to-day activities. Regardless of whether they use it or
not, the majority of Canadians living in communities with public
transit (64%) attribute an excellent or good rating to the public transit system in their community.
"Considering that transit ridership is at an all time high, these
findings cannot be ignored," concludes Stolte. "It's time to focus on
public transit in this election campaign allowing voters to see the
federal parties' plans for dedicated and long term support for public
CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.
The survey report is available upon request by emailing Maureen Shuell
[version française disponible]
SOURCE Canadian Urban Transit Association
For further information:
Director of Communications, CUTA
(416) 365-9800 ext. 105
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs Research, Harris Decima
613-230-2200 ext. 4061