Commuter Rail

More and more people are choosing rail transportation as a means to commute and travel. The number of rail commuters in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec also jumped 23 per cent over the decade.

Polling conducted by the RAC in 2011 found the vast majority of Canadians view freight, commuter and intercity rail options to be the safest, greenest and the best for society overall.  Canadians have expressed the want and need for more rail. From an economical, environmental and social standpoint, the widespread sentiment is that there needs to be more money and resources put toward the sector as a whole. Between limiting pollution and dramatically reducing congestion, Canadians agree that allocating resources to rail as a mode of transportation makes the most sense going forward.

When asked which mode of transportation should be the highest transportation priority in Canada, 56 per cent choose rail, which is more than five times any other means of transportation. Cars rank a distant second at 11 per cent, followed by buses and planes at 10 per cent each.


Media Contact:
Alex Paterson
Public Affairs Coordinator
Telephone: (613) 564-8111

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Rail Trends

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