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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.”