According to a new study by Redfin, the tech-powered real estate brokerage, Toronto has been ranked the best Canadian city for public transit in 2019. The ranking was computed by Transit Score, which rates locations based on how conveniently they are situated to public transportation. Transit Score calculates each city's rating based on indicators that demonstrate convenient and frequent public transit.
Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal took the top three spots for big cities with populations that exceed 300,000. Respectively, the cities accumulated scores of 78, 74, and 67.
Redfin Unveils the Best Canadian Cities for Public Transit in 2019: Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal top the 2019 list of best Canadian cities for public transit, according to Redfin’s newest Transit Score® rankings. Transit Score, a tool by Redfin… https://t.co/a0ibAwTspq pic.twitter.com/jDjxV0mIY6— Joe Goldian (@joe_goldian) March 11, 2019
Blair Anderson of Redfin Toronto commented in a press release, "Toronto is highly populated and growing all the time. The influx of people from all over the world to Toronto puts a strain on all aspects of transportation in regards to road infrastructure and traffic in and out of the city, which is nothing less than gridlock."
"Significant growth requires major transit infrastructure, and the city has recognized that and is investing in transit. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates in the city, and plans to expand the light rail and subway service. GO train, our commuter rail system, is also undergoing a significant expansion, to make it even more accessible to those living farther out."
"Some people moan and complain about public transit, but Toronto's system is one of the better transit systems in the world. It's highly ranked, runs well on a timely basis, and doesn't have many problems. And without it, the city would shut down," he says.
But, many commuters who have experienced Toronto's transit delays one too many times are having trouble congratulating the city on their ranking:
Bwahahaha.... 😆🤣😀😂😃 proof you can't believe everything you read online... lol... :D https://t.co/0DFT9sK6nU— Melani Miguel (@Melani_Miguel) March 11, 2019
LMAO who tf ranks this shit because are you fken kidding me? Toronto was just ranked the best city in Canada for public transit https://t.co/nJM2QrDy9J— Harmonyღ (@_Harmonyxo) March 11, 2019
I hate this misleading garbage. All this says is that Toronto has the most extensive network and most frequent theoretical trips (ie if you live here you have the best *access to* transit). It says nothing to the actual realized experience of the TTC, which is abysmal. https://t.co/brdXLcp1V6— Grundstrom for Muzzin (@RaskForRaycroft) March 11, 2019
APRIL FOOLS CAME A FEW WEEKS EARLY LOL https://t.co/y7fVe5GRq2— John Taylor (@WeddingsnMotion) March 11, 2019
Wow. How awful is public transit everywhere else? https://t.co/qmSPKpY8bK— John Moore (@MooreintheAM) March 11, 2019
So how bad must be transit in the rest of the country? https://t.co/gHEZela7E0— bruschetta dortmund (@meridiansour) March 11, 2019
Impressively, Toronto's Transit Score of 78 is actually higher than several large U.S. cities. For example, Toronto outranks Boston's 72 rating, and almost reaches San Francisco's score of 80.
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Vancouver outranked above Boston and Washington, D.C. (71), while Montreal achieved the exact same score as Philadelphia (67).
Here is the full ranking of the top 15 large cities (with populations of more than 300,000) in Canada for public transit in 2019:
To see how your home, neighbourhood or city stacks up, check out walkscore.com.