of public transit undercuts productivity and private-sector profits,
says a report that analyzed the economic impact of transit on Canadian
report, Transit Means Business, is published by the Canadian Urban
Transit Association, a coalition of Canada's municipal transit associations.
congestion reduction to property impacts; increased labour mobility
to personal productivity; and job creation to public health and
safety benefits ... transit contributes in large measure to the
economic vitality, prosperity and growth of Canada's cities," says
discussion in the past around transit has been focused on mobility
and social access and things like environmental issues," association
president Michael Roschlau said in an interview.
we tried to put together all the intelligence we could find across
Canada relating to the relationship between public transit investment
and economic benefits for urban areas."
report's writers scoured documents such as Transport Canada's Transport
in Canada 2001 Annual Report, Statistics Canada's Where Canadians
Work and How They Get There (2003), and the Ontario transportation
ministry's Central Ontario Highway Transportation Perspective (2002)
The average commute in the GTA could be 50 per cent longer by 2021
unless public transit gets more financial support.
For each dollar spent on Toronto's new Sheppard subway line, two
dollars have been invested by the private sector in related new
Public transit consumes three times less energy per passenger-kilometre
than the automobile.
Transit riders make productive use of their time while travelling,
generating annual productivity benefits in the hundreds of millions
said if Toronto considers American cities such as Boston and Chicago
as competition when it comes to attracting private investment and
convincing companies to move here, then it makes sense that Toronto's
transit be funded to the same level as those cities.
totally pale by comparison," said Roschlau, pointing to billions
in annual funds that the U.S. government has for urban transit infrastructure,
on top of state investments and tools such as fuel taxes and hotel
taxes available to American municipalities.
has taken steps toward funding local transit, but so far only about
$70 million of federal money has been spent in Toronto — all of
it in the TTC's 2002 budget.
cities have demanded a dedicated fuel tax to support public transit.
transit association's survey of transit infrastructure needs — released
earlier this month — suggested five-year investment requirements
of $13.6 billion across the country.