If you’ve ever wondered what Canadians spend the vast majority of their time talking about on Twitter, the answers are here! Sadly, it’s not as exciting as poutine, moose or even Andrew Scheer lurking in bushes, it is a bit more basic, a bit more boring, and a bit more day-to-day. According to a new report from Twitter Canada, one of the “use cases” of Twitter they see most consistently every day is people talking about… traffic.\nSince August 12, Twitter Canada has been closely following the Canadian public’s relationship with traffic and transport Twitter, observing how we all connect with our local transport services, and what they do to connect with us. While this does sound initially a little dull, the increase in our reliance on these accounts over the years is a little more interesting.\nSpeaking in a report released on Tuesday, Michele Austin explained, “Twitter has become essential to millions of Canadians who rely on public transit every day and a peek into the data shows that public transit providers are amongst the most invested and most active organizations in the Canadian Twitter landscape.”\nA lot has changed at St-Laurent Station since 1985! #tbt pic.twitter.com/OLSep813Fq— OC Transpo (@OC_Transpo) October 25, 2018\nTwitter's head of communications, Cam Gordon, explained to Global News that the relationship between Twitter and public transportation is “tailor made.” Gordon noted that the ability to quickly share public transit details, updates on any potential route changes and delays and cancellations in ‘real-time,’ makes for a brilliant partnership between customer, transport service provider and Twitter.\nThis ‘perfect partnership’ is perhaps why Twitter Canada found that traffic and transport is one of the most common discussions that Canadians have on the platform every day. In fact, the research found that Twitter users are increasingly turning to their local transport’s Twitter page for updates and current information on their individual transport systems.\nHappy 100th birthday to @CNRailway🥳! #FunFact that CN Rail was once a crown corporation, created June 6, 1919. Learn more at the @PNE_Playland until September 3. pic.twitter.com/NV04vkM7o4— Transport Canada (@Transport_gc) August 26, 2019\n“It’s interesting even though Twitter’s been around for 13, 14 years now, you’re still seeing this inflow of new people using it and using it for different reasons,” Gordon explained.\nIn the report, Twitter Canada found that in most major cities, the peaks in conversation about traffic and transport occurred during morning and evening rush hours. Additionally, the discussion of these topics were at their largest on Thursdays and Fridays, often with tweets tagging their local public transport handle.\nHi @OC_Transpo ,This is the crosswalk on Elgin at Sparks yesterday at or just a bit after 4 pm. Parked. No driver. Bus 5165.Please provide an official response to how you will ensure that ALL of your drivers will not endanger human lives unnecessarily while parking. pic.twitter.com/u70zr1MHWr— Dr. Julie O'Brien 🚴♀️🌈👩🏻🦱👩🔬🐱 (@jobrienchem) August 27, 2019\nWhen @OC_Transpo tells you there was no driver this morning to operate the 630am bus.. WHAT ??? How can you not find someone who wants to get paid ?? How can you not find a way to live update us that the bus won’t show up ?? You must know beforehand ?— ChrisJabalah (@ChrisJabalah) August 27, 2019\nI love when you’re on the bus and the driver is mad because someone came into his lane so he jolts the bus toward inch by inch playing “chicken” with guy infront and joking his horn #oc Transpo please be safer— Lindz (@LindzForrest) August 27, 2019\nSpeaking about the particular spikes, Gordon explained, “You can, in your mind, think about what type of tweets those are. Those are people just trying to get home, maybe looking for information, perhaps expressing frustration.”\nTwitter Canada also considered the way that local public transit organizations communicate with their followers. The research found that while some accounts choose to focus on scheduling changes, cancellations and alerts, others tend to use it as a more interactive platform, sharing photos and ‘chatting’ with customers regularly.\nYou may have noticed service notices going up on bus stops! Pretty soon, all bus stops impacted by the November 25 service changes will feature these notices. Note that service changes will not take effect until November 25. #hfxtransit pic.twitter.com/EfqcBI4Rvc— Halifax Transit (@hfxtransit) August 27, 2019\nLine 1 Yonge-University: No service between Union and Bloor-Yonge due to a security incident. Customers can use 504 King, 501 Queen, 505 Dundas and 506 Carlton to access University Line stations.— TTC Service Alerts (@TTCnotices) August 27, 2019\nWhile it is certainly not the most exciting thing to be chatting about on Twitter, it is clear from the report that Canadians rely on their local transit accounts to help them commute, and get their day done!\nThe easy and instant access to regular and local information is admittedly handy, and it is nice to have somewhere to angry-tweet your complaints when you’re having a rough-ride. Maybe it isn’t such a boring weekly trend after all!\nThere are stories everywhere. 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