Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal Claim Top Three Spots in Redfin's Inaugural Transit Score® Rankings of Canadian Cities
TORONTO, March 11, 2019 /CNW/ -- (NASDAQ: RDFN) -- Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal are the best Canadian cities for public transit in 2019, according to the first Transit Score® ranking from Redfin (www.redfin.com), the tech-powered real estate brokerage. Transit Score, a tool by Redfin company Walk Score®, rates locations based on how convenient they are to public transportation.
Looking at big cities with populations of over 300,000, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal took the three top spots with Transit Score ratings of 78, 74, and 67, respectively. Transit Score is calculated based on indicators showing that local public transit is both convenient, and runs frequently.
"Toronto is highly populated and growing all the time. The influx of people from all over the world to Toronto puts a strain on all aspects of transportation in regards to road infrastructure and traffic in and out of the city, which is nothing less than gridlock," said Blair Anderson, broker of record and market manager for Redfin in Toronto.
"Significant growth requires major transit infrastructure, and the city has recognized that and is investing in transit. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates in the city, and plans to expand the light rail and subway service. GO train, our commuter rail system, is also undergoing a significant expansion, to make it even more accessible to those living farther out," Anderson said. "Some people moan and complain about public transit, but Toronto's system is one of the better transit systems in the world. It's highly ranked, runs well on a timely basis, and doesn't have many problems. And without it, the city would shut down."
With a score of 78, Toronto's Transit Score holds an edge over several large U.S. cities. It ranks higher than Boston's 72 rating, and falls just shy of San Francisco's score of 80, earning a comparable place among the largest cities in North America. Vancouver too ranks above Boston and Washington, D.C. (71). Montreal finds a partner in Philadelphia, with both cities earning a score of 67.
Here is the full ranking of the top 15 large cities (with populations of more than 300,000) in Canada for public transit in 2019:
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