Transit ridership Higher in Canada than in US, Australia

October 8th, 2010 by ant6n

Canadian cities get consistently higher transit ridership ratios than cities in the US or Australia, according to a recent article at Human Transit.

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The graph shows the percentage of people commuting to work by public transit, compared to the population of the cities. The transit share tends to be higher for larger populations — but at the same time there is the trend that Canadian cities see a higher transit mode share.

This anomaly might be due to the great weather, better concentration of employment centers, higher apartment renting levels, or a perception that people take the bus to be progressive rather than because they are poor. Either way, this is how Jarret puts it:

In any case, we’re on the leadup to Canadian Thanksgiving, so I thought this little occasion for Canadian triumphalism would be apt.

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