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Commuting Patterns and Places of Work of Canadians, 2006 Census: Portrait of census metropolitan areas and their municipalities

Commuting patterns

Public transit increases considerably in Calgary

Among the six large CMAs, the most significant gains in the last 10 years in terms of public transit were reported in Calgary and Vancouver. In Calgary, the proportion of workers using public transit reached 15.6% in 2006, compared to 12.6% only 10 years earlier. Among the factors which could explain this increase is the extension of Calgary's Ctrain line (9.4 kilometres were added between 2001 and 2004).

In Vancouver, a bus strike during the 2001 Census affected the estimates on the use of public transit. Looking only at the change between 1996 and 2006 shows a net increase in the use of public transit from 14.3% to 16.5%.

In the three CMAs with the highest proportions of workers taking public transit to work, i.e., Toronto, MontrĂ©al and Ottawa - Gatineau, the only growth observed was in the nation's capital between 2001 and 2006 (where public transit usage rose from 18.5% to 19.4%). In the Toronto and MontrĂ©al CMAs, the use of public transit remained practically unchanged in the previous five year period (a drop of 0.2 percentage point in both cases, after increases between 1996 and 2001).

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