Most Canadians choose an environmentally friendly commute

Canada ranks 15th out of 28 countries for public transit use
||Last Updated: 04/30/2007

Biking, walking, carpooling and taking public transit to work all help Canadians reduce rising carbon emissions and traffic congestion. More than half (64 per cent) of Canadians use public transit to get to work, according to the Kelly Global Workforce Index, an international survey commissioned by staffing firm Kelly Services.

“With Earth Day just around the corner, it is important to recognize the vital role public transportation plays in our society,” said Karin French, vice-president of Kelly Services. “Not only is public transit essential for transporting the workforce, but it is also a large contributor to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.”

When asked what single factor would encourage greater use of public transit, 36 per cent of the 10,000 Canadian respondents stated more convenient access, followed by more frequent services and lower prices, both at 18 per cent. Other factors such as improved comfort and better safety were not found to greatly persuade commuters’ use of public transit.