Moving People

There has been significant growth in passenger rail. Rail moves more than 74 million people each year and this number is rising. Gas prices and urban sprawl have boosted the demand for investment in passenger rail infrastructure and services and Canada’s intercity and commuter railways have responded exceptionally well.

The 2012 data shows more and more people are choosing rail transportation as a means to commute and travel. Revenue from passenger transportation services, representing combined intercity, tourist train and rail commuter services has climbed 53.7 per cent over 10 years with the number of rail commuters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec growing 32.9 per cent over the decade.

The growth in commuter and inter-city passengers annually and helps eliminate traffic that would otherwise be added to congested roads. As the price of fuel continues to rise, passenger Rail in Canada carries even more riders who are taking advantage of the economic benefits Rail offers while lessening their environmental footprint.


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