Statistics Canada has released its latest in its series of results from the 2016 Core Public Infrastructure Survey. The latest information provides a glimpse into the state of public transit asset across Canada.

According to the data released, 315 government organizations across Canada owned public transit assets in 2016, 292 of which were municipal governments. Their rolling stock public transit assets consisted of :

  • 17,852 buses of various types;
  • 3,479 railcars;
  • 1,281 specialized transit vehicles;
  • 247 streetcars; and
  • 12 ferries.

The new information also provided a count of the fixed public transit assets in Canada, which includes:

  • 28,140 transit shelters,
  • 13,937 bicycle racks and shelters;
  • 740 passenger stations and terminals;
  • 375 maintenance and storage facilities;
  • 334 park and ride parking lots;
  • 255 passenger drop-off facilities;
  • 207 exclusive rights-of-ways;
  • 7,103 single-track kilometres of roads; and
  • 1,573 single-track kilometres of rail.

The data gathered on public transit assets provided several important insights into how municipalities and government entities are managing their assets, and which ones are providing better value for the dollars spent:

  • Two-thirds of buses in Canada are diesel.
  • The vast majority of buses in Canada were purchased after 1999.
  • Nearly two-thirds of all buses reported to be in good or very good physical condition.
  • Hybrid and bio-diesel buses have the longest expected useful life.
  • Most streetcars are old and in very poor condition.
  • Nearly three-fifths of railcars are in good or very good condition.
  • Almost two-thirds of specialized transit assets are in good or very good condition.
  • Majority of transit shelters, passenger stations and terminals are owned by government organizations in four provinces.
  • Ontario, Alberta and Quebec account for just over three-quarters of all park and ride parking lots and nearly all passenger drop-off facilities.
  • Over two-thirds of roads and rail tracks dedicated to public transit were built before 2000.
  • Nearly one-quarter of all public transit asset owners have an asset management plan.
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