Posted tagged ‘Canadian Urban Transit Association’

Public transit demands to soar: Study

September 4, 2009
By Mike De Souza, Canwest News Service

OTTAWA — Public transit ridership will nearly double over the next three decades requiring comprehensive national planning to support economic growth and an aging population, says a study released Friday.

The report, Transit Vision 2040, says government must take action to put transit at the centre of communities and ensure sustainable development that will reduce congestion or mobility within small towns and large cities.

“The path ahead, however, is not free of risks,” said the report, released by the Canadian Urban Transit Association, which represents public transit agencies across the country. “The costs of providing transit services are rising inexorably. Pressures on government finances are leading to higher transit fares, which in turn reduce the competitiveness of transit as the most significant alternative to car use in our cities.”

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– We want a transit system we can afford

August 15, 2009

Vancouver Sun

A dose of private enterprise might help curb TransLink’s desire for more of our tax dollars

By Harvey Enchin

It’s not hard to make a case for an efficient public transit system. It makes cities more livable by reducing congestion and pollution and helps us get where we’re going, safely and, according to some estimates, at a lower cost than car travel. One study found the average cost per passenger-kilometre in five large Canadian cities was 12 cents by transit, compared with 46 cents by car.

Some people catch up on work during their commute on public transit and the Canadian Urban Transit Association estimates that if five per cent of rail and subway commuters did so, the annual productivity benefit would amount to $33 million. The association also cites a study showing homes close to a rapid transit station are worth $4,000 more than others in the same area. One might argue then that public transit raises property values and thereby creates wealth.

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