“Public transit isn’t a luxury; it is the key to a strong economy. Without efficient, affordable transportation, the movement of people and goods in Canada’s cities will grind to a halt.” —Berry Vrbanovic, President, FCM

Canada is the only G8 country without a national transit strategy.

Over 40% of federal investment in municipalities will expire soon.

Our public transit systems face an $18-billion gap in funding.

And yet:

The economic benefits directly resulting from Canada’s public transit systems are over $10 billion annually.

Positive impacts of public transit on vehicle operating costs, collision costs, air pollution and improved respiratory health alone are valued at $7.71 billion annually.

National ridership reached an all-time high of 1.83 billion trips in 2009, after rising more than 14% over 5 year.