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Public Transit

Reducing gridlock and cutting commutes

It is no coincidence that some of the most dynamic cities in the world – those that are great places to live and engines for their national economies –have some of the very best public transit systems. Canada’s big cities are striving to keep people, goods and ideas moving.

People want to work hard, and then have time to relax with family and friends. They don’t want traffic congestion or long commutes.  Reducing gridlock through public transit is a triple win –it increases productivity, makes cities more livable and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

Canada’s cities are committed to reducing traffic and increasing available transit. The 2016 federal budget responds directly to BCMC’s request for a strong partnership by committing $3.4 billion to fund new public transit projects, as well as to repair and renew existing transit infrastructure.

Big city mayors are working through FCM to partner with the federal government to build a long-term funding plan for public transit that meets the needs of Canada's cities.

Transit and traffic congestion are the single biggest issues confronting Canada’s largest cities. Building rapid transit, connects people to jobs and jobs to people and brings opportunity to all corners of our cities.

Round_Mayor_John-Tory.png Mayor of Toronto John Tory
Quick Facts
The average Canadian commuter
spends the equivalent of
32 WORKING DAYS a year
travelling to and from work.
The average daily commute
in the Greater Toronto Area,
Metro Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver is over
ONE HOUR A DAY.
The traffic congestion
in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area alone
costs the economy
$11 BILLION ANNUALLY.

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The Confederation Line

Transit Case StudyOttawa

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ION - Connecting the region

Transit Case StudyKitchener

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Bus Rapid Transit

Transit Case StudyWinnipeg

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The Valley Line

Transit Case StudyEdmonton

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