Vancouver has third most sustainable transit system in North America: study

Photo: Rob Kruyt

Vancouver comes in third place among 23 North American cities in terms of overall urban transportation system sustainability, according to a new Arcadis study released October 29.

The city scored well in terms of system maintenance, air pollution and incentives to promote the use of electric vehicles. It also takes first place in terms of profit for transit sustainability, which Arcadis said was boosted by a high rate of public transit use per capita.

That’s not to say the city’s transit system could not be improved, according to the study. The city has a relatively low rate of those who choose to bike or walk. As well, the transit system is limited very early or late in the day.

North American cities in general score poorly in terms of sustainability compared with those in Europe. The number one city in the world was found to be Hong Kong, followed by Zurich and Paris. Vancouver comes in at number 28 worldwide. No North American cities made it into the top 20.

The study, conducted by London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research, measured the social, environmental and economic aspects of transportation systems around the world. It considered commuting travel time, affordability of public transit, pollution and payment capabilities.

To view the complete study, click here.


comments powered by Disqus

More from Transportation

B.C. budget carrier Flair Airlines gets new CEO

Flair Airlines CEO Jim Scott is the founder of discount carrier Canada Jetlines

Read Article

Mobility pricing commission shortlists two schemes

Commission recommends either congestion-point pricing or distance-based charges

Read Article

Ride-hailing services need to play by same rules, says taxi firm

Government hearing told how several Uber-like companies are operating in B.C.; one of which allegedly wouldn't pick up a non-Chinese passenger

Read Article

Metro Vancouver gasoline prices headed higher than $1.50 per litre in 2018

Analyst explains why Vancouver will remain home to Canada’s highest gas prices

Read Article

Should Ottawa be driving electric-vehicle adoption?

Debate sparked over further government intrusion in auto sales marketplace

Read Article

Subscribe to our mailing lists

You may withdraw your consent at any time.

* indicates required


* You can modify your newsletter subscriptions at the bottom of any newsletter you receive.
Business in Vancouver Media Group
303 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
V5Y 1J6 · Canada