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Transit funding gains public support in Canada

Posted on October 23, 2002

Ninety-two percent of urban Canadians agree that both the provincial and federal governments should contribute to public transit in cities, according to data released by the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). "This information confirms the belief that the public does not expect municipalities to shoulder the large burden of transit funding, which currently sits at over 70% of capital and 95% of operating funding," said CUTA President and CEO Michael Roschlau. In addition, 60% of the survey respondents agreed that their personal taxes should be invested in transit, even if they do not use it. "The public is showing its support for transit, and believes the federal and provincial governments should step up and fund it," said Roschlau. The public opinion poll, conducted by Vision Research for CUTA, surveyed a total of 1,811 randomly selected Canadians aged 18 and over who live in urban areas with a population larger than 100,000.

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