TORONTO has one of North America’s finest public transit systems, at least according to Seattle-based Walk Score – http://www.walkscore.com – and the mounting cost of maintaining the TTC is uniquely funded from the fare box (70%) and city property taxes (30%).
This is the first year that Walk Score has surveyed transit systems in Canada and the US. Says co-founder MATT LERNER: “To have a great transit score you usually need to have a mix of rail and bus nearby. Toronto has a lot of neighbourhoods with a great transit score,” he said, adding the city has about 25 neighbourhoods that score more than 90, earning them the title ‘riders’ paradise. “The city really just has excellent transit.”
TORONTO has fared very well against US cities too, outscoring every one of them except NEW YORK and SAN FRANCISCO.
The top three Canadian transit cities: TORONTO (score 78); MONTREAL (score 77); and VANCOUVER (score 74).