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You're on board! Kingston sees highest national growth in commuters using transit

December 1, 2017 -

Data from the 2016 census shows that the proportion of commuters choosing Kingston Transit to get to work increased 33.33 per cent between 2011 and 2016. That's the largest growth in those choosing public transit, by far, in any city in Canada.

"This is such a validation of all the changes we've made. We have to give kudos to residents who have gotten on board. They are seeing value in our service and they are getting out of their cars to enjoy the many benefits of active transportation," says Jeremy DaCosta, manager, Kingston Transit.

DaCosta credits these improvements for the dramatic rise in those choosing transit to commute to work to:

  • Introduction of express routes
  • Real-time bus arrival and trip information being available on transit apps
  • Extended Sunday and holiday service
  • Improved fare options for commuters
  • An expanded employer (Transpass) pass program (providing the convenience of automatic monthly renewals through payroll deduction)

"We now have more than 50 employers and more than 1,500 employees participating in the employer pass program. A list of participating employers can be found on the Fare page at www.kingstontransit.ca. We are adding more employers all the time," says DaCosta.

Statistics Canada's report on commuter using sustainable transportation in census metropolitan areas (CMAs) notes that: "Kingston had the highest proportion of commuters using active transportation and public transit in its group of CMAs."

In Kingston's CMA, 30.4 per cent of commuters now use a sustainable mode of transportation, including transit, carpooling, walking and cycling.

Kingston's use of transit is better than many larger census metropolitan areas, including Regina, Saskatoon, Windsor, Guelph, Barrie and Kitchener-Waterloo. The closest competitor in Kingston's size category is Sudbury which has a transit use rate of 4.9 per cent.

See the full Statistics Canada report here:

http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/2016/as-sa/98-200-x/2016029/98-200-x2016029-eng.cfm

Find out more about Kingston Transit and plan to get there by bus at www.KingstonTransit.ca.

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 125,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. Kingston is focusing on being smart and livable as it pursues its vision to become Canada's most sustainable city. We focus on environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality –ensuring that today's decisions don't compromise our future. 

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