Published Sept. 5, 2014.
TORONTO — Toronto has fallen behind Canada’s other major cities in terms of rapid transit infrastructure, according to a new report from the Pembina Institute.
Fast Cities: A comparison of rapid transit in major Canadian cities reviews the state of transit investment in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa. The report shows that Vancouver and Calgary have led the way in building new rapid transit for the last 10 years, while Toronto and Montreal have made relatively few investments during that time.
Technology plays a key role in this trend. Toronto and Montreal have invested primarily in subways, while Canada’s other major cities chose more affordable and quicker-to-deploy technologies such as light rail transit and bus rapid transit. As a result, they built more infrastructure more rapidly, and at a lower cost.
“Toronto and Montreal created strong transit cultures by investing in subways a generation ago. However, they’re now being surpassed by cities like Vancouver and Calgary, which have adopted more flexible transit solutions to serve their growing populations.”
— Cherise Burda, Ontario Director, Pembina Institute
Visit the Pembina Institute’s website to download a copy of Fast Cities.
Ontario Director, Pembina Institute
Bernard Rudny (English / français)
Communications Lead, Pembina Institute
The table below summarizes the state of transit investment in the five cities reviewed. See the full report for more details and methodology.