Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009 - (Page 18)

Feature TRANSIT RIDERSHIP BREAKS ALL-TIME RECORD IN 2008 CANADIAN PUBLIC TRANSIT RIDERSHIP set another record in 2008, with national ridership increasing by 3.7% to an all-time high of 1.82 billion trips. What is perhaps most significant about the new figures is that – while ridership grew by 2.6% nationally in the first half of the year – it grew by 4.5% in the second half, compared to the same period a year earlier. That was precisely the time when the economy started to fall into recession and unemployment was going up, while gas prices had fallen back down from the spike in the summer of 2008. This is significant because, historically, transit ridership has been negatively correlated with these trends. So the latest ridership numbers really are something to celebrate because we are attracting many more riders even as unemployment rises and gas prices fall. The increase in transit ridership in 2008 represents an addition of well over 62 million passenger trips from 2007, roughly the equivalent of the ridership of the Edmonton Transit System. The gains were spread across the country in communities big and small. In Ca nad a’s large s t municipa litie s, with populations over 400,000, ridership is showing encouraging trends. The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) saw an increase of 15 million riders from 2007 results – the biggest absolute increase in Canada. Other large municipalities that substantially increased their ridership include Brampton Transit (11.4%), Durham Region Transit (11.6%) and Québec City’s Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) (10.5%). The Conseil intermunicipal de transport (CIT) Group 1 systems increased their ridership by 12.2% from previous years. Other notable ridership growth occurred in the following systems: Calgary Transit (5.6%); Edmonton Transit (6.7%); GO Transit (7.3%); Mississauga Transit (4.2%); Vancouver (TransLink) (3.9%); Waterloo Region (GRT) (9.9%) and Winnipeg (3.5%). Ridership also increased in the second population category (service area populations of 150,001400,000). Most notably, Burlington Transit (8.0%), the Conseil intermunicipal de transport (CIT) Group 2 systems (25.3%) and Regina (8.4%) all exceeded the national average. Steady transit ridership growth also continued among systems in the third size group (50,000 to 150,000) such as the Conseil intermunicipal de transport (CIT) Group 3 systems (11.2%), Sault Ste Marie (10.6%), and BC Transit Group 3 (9.5%). Several systems with similar populations reported increases in ridership as a result of expanded and/or improved services, such as Fredericton (6.0%), Kelowna (13.1%), Guelph (11.0%), Wood Buffalo (17.0%) and Lethbridge (9.0%). In 2008, many of Canada’s smallest systems (population of fewer than 50,000) achieved the country’s greatest growth in percentage terms. Transit ridership in Charlottetown increased by a remarkable 33.8%, in part due to the provision of new services to Cornwall and Stratford. Ridership in Airdrie, Alberta increased by 25.1%, in part due to the provision of free transit in March of 2008. Other success stories include the town of Banff, which rebranded itself as ROAM Transit in June 2008 and increased ridership by 17.4%, Welland (20.7%), Cornwall (16.6%), Corner Brook (8.6%), Cobourg (7.9%), BC Transit Group 4 (7.3%), and Yellowknife at 3.6%. Final ridership data for 2008 will be released in the Canadian Transit Fact Book – 2008 Operating Data this fall. | Preliminary Ridership Trends by Population Group - 2007-2008 Regular Service Passenger Trips (Billions) 1.80 1.60 1.40 1.20 1.00 0.80 0.60 0.40 0.20 0.00 Group 1 (>400,000) Group 2 (150,001400,000) Group 3 (50,000-150,000) Group 4 (<50,000) 2007 2008 Population Group Canadian Transit Ridership Trends - 2003-2008 1.85 Regular Service Passenger Trips (Billions) 1.75 1.65 1.55 1.45 2003 2004 2005 Année 2006 2007 2008 18 August | août 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009

Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009
Message from the President – The Canada Line
Message du Président – La Canada Line
Message from the Chair – Together, We Will Inspire One Another
Message du Président du Conseil d’administration – Soyons Source d’inspiration les uns Pour les Autres
Spectacular Setting for Annual Conference in Whistler
Emplacement spectaculaire pour le Congrès annuel à Whistler
CUTA Presents 2009 National Corporate RecognitionAwards
L’ACTU décerne les prix de reconnaissance nationaux desentreprises du transport collectif 2009
Transit Ridership Breaks All-Time Record in 2008
L’achalandage du Transport Collectif Atteint un Nouveau Record en 2008
TransLink’s New Charter Membership of UITP A Commitment to Sustainability
TransLink Devient Membre en règle de l’UITP Un Engagement Envers la Durabilité
The Advocacy File – Federal Leaders Make PolicyCommitments to Municipal Government
Le Dossier de la Sensibilisation – Les Leaders Fédéraux Prennent des Engagements de Politiques Auprès de L’administration Municipale
People in Transit
Les Gens du Transport
Industry News
Des Nouvelles de L’industrie
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide
Index Commercial et Guide des Acheteurs

Canadian Transit Forum - August 2009 / août 2009