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Urban public transit, April 2023

Released: 2023-06-19

Highlights

In April, 118.8 million passenger trips were made on urban transit networks in Canada.

For the first time since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, passenger volumes recovered to over three-quarters (75.5%) of pre-pandemic levels from April 2019.

Ridership remains on track

Canada's urban transit networks recorded an estimated 118.8 million rides in April 2023, an increase of 29.4% (+27.0 million trips) from April 2022. This marks more than two years of consecutive monthly year-over-year increases.

With employment edging up in April 2023, ridership recovered to 75.5% of pre-pandemic levels from April 2019. However, there were 38.5 million fewer passenger trips in April 2023 compared with the same month in 2019.

On a monthly basis, public transit ridership edged down 2.5% from March, a decrease smaller than the typical seasonal drop of about 6% observed in the two years before the pandemic.

Financial situation steady

In April 2023, transit agency operating revenues (excluding subsidies) were $274.8 million, an increase of $60.7 million or 28.4% from April 2022, albeit $62.1 million lower than the pre-pandemic April 2019 level.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Urban public transit operating revenue and passenger trips, monthly, 2019 to 2023
Urban public transit operating revenue and passenger trips, monthly, 2019 to 2023

  Note to readers

Survey data are revised on a monthly basis to reflect new information.

The data in this release are not seasonally adjusted.

This survey collects data on operating revenue (excluding subsidies) and the number of passenger trips from a panel of urban transit companies that represents at least 75% of revenues in each province and territory. Note that the panel is adjusted annually to maintain the 75% coverage and could differ slightly from what it was in the same month the previous year.

One-time payments from secondary and post-secondary institutions for academic-year student passes are typically reported as revenue during the early fall and early winter months.

Data before January 2017 can be found in Table 23-10-0078-01.

The Transportation Data and Information Hub, a web portal developed jointly by Statistics Canada and Transport Canada, provides Canadians with online access to comprehensive statistics and measures on the country's transportation sector.

Contact information

For more information, or to enquire about the concepts, methods or data quality of this release, contact us (toll-free 1-800-263-1136; 514-283-8300; infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or Media Relations (statcan.mediahotline-ligneinfomedias.statcan@statcan.gc.ca).

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