Vancouver ranks 3rd in list of Best Canadian Cities for Public Transit

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If you have traveled to other North American cities of similar size to Vancouver, you would probably know that Vancouver does decently when it comes to its public transit system.

According to a new list compiled by Walk Score, Vancouver has the third best public transit system in Canada after gaining a score of 74 – coming just behind Toronto with 78 and Montreal with 77.

Canada’s three largest cities made it to the Top 3 with high scores in the 70s while Winnipeg and Ottawa were ranked fourth and fifth with distant scores of 51 and 49.

“In comparison to the United States, Toronto and Montreal score better than any large U.S. city except New York and San Francisco. And Vancouver, with a Transit Score of 74, trounces nearby Seattle (our home town), with a Transit Score of 57,” said Matt Lerner from Walk Score.

New York City and San Francisco were given scores of 81 and 80.

Cities with a transit score of between 90 to 100 are considered a “Rider’s Paradise” while scores of 70 to 89 are considered to be places with “Excellent Transit.” Scores between 50 to 69 are deemed to be places with “Good Transit” and a rating of 49 or below indicates areas with “Some or Minimal Transit options.”

No North American city scored “Rider’s Paradise” although three City of Vancouver neighbourhoods (Downtown, West End, Strathcona) attained such a description.

The scores are based on the sum value of all transit routes in the city and is defined by service level (frequency per week), mode weight (heavy/light rail, ferry/cable car, and bus), and the distance to a nearest stop along a route.

The rankings are based on our Transit Score algorithm, which measures how well a location is served by public transit. Addresses with a Transit Score of 90-100 are considered a “Rider’s Paradise.” Places with a score of 70–89 have Excellent Transit. Scores of 50–69 indicate places with Good Transit and ratings of 49 or lower indicate areas with Some or Minimal Transit options. Read the Transit Score methodology.

Last fall, Walk Score named Vancouver as Canada’s most walkable city and the fourth most walkable among North American and Australian cities.

Canada’s Top 10 Public Transit Systems

Rank City Transit Score
1 Toronto 78
2 Montréal 77
3 Vancouver 74
4 Winnipeg 51
5 Ottawa 49
6 Brampton 48
7 Québec 46
8 Edmonton 44
9 Calgary 43
10 Hamilton 42

Vancouver Neighbourhoods the Best Walkability and Transit Service

Rank Name Walk Score Transit Score Bike Score Population
1 Downtown 96 98 54,022
2 West End 94 90 44,233
3 Strathcona 93 90 12,245
4 Kitsilano 89 74 41,358
5 Fairview 89 80 31,307
6 Mount Pleasant 88 82 26,434
7 Grandview-Woodland 86 75 27,160
8 Riley Park 80 68 21,894
9 South Cambie 77 70 7,675
10 Kensington-Cedar Cottage 76 73 47,423
11 West Point Grey 74 70 12,763
12 Marpole 72 66 23,871
13 Renfrew-Collingwood 72 79 50,338
14 Arbutus-Ridge 70 59 15,904
15 Hastings-Sunrise 69 65 33,859
16 Dunbar-Southlands 68 54 20,050
17 Shaughnessy 66 64 8,786
18 Sunset 63 61 36,328
19 Kerrisdale 63 57 14,716
20 Killarney 62 59 28,277
21 Victoria-Fraserview 62 60 30,386
22 Oakridge 61 71 12,435

 

Image: SkyTrain Canada Line via Shutterstock

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