Urban transit gains revenue and riders
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More and more Canadians are taking public transit to get around their cities. From 2003 to 2009, transit passenger trips increased by 14.6% and urban transit revenue climbed 37.4%.
In 2009, ridership levels for the 10 largest urban transit systems, which make up 80% of total urban transit traffic, fell by two million riders, a 0.2% decrease in riders compared with 2008. Revenue, however, increased by $37 million, or 1.5% over the same period.
Capital expenditures in the urban transit industry rose by 15.4% to $2.2 billion in 2007. Slightly less than half (48.0%) of the urban transit capital expenditures were spent on rolling stock.
Total employment in the bus and non-bus industries declined from 2006 to 2007 by 1.9% to 92,819 employees. However, the average expenditure per employee increased by 8.3% from $48,306 to $52,322.