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Public Transportation in Canada: Market Research Report

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Public Transportation in Canada Market Research Report | NAICS 48511CA | Dec 2015

Mind the gap: Strong government spending will continue to offset operating losses

IBISWorld’s Public Transportation market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

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Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 10-15
Annual Growth 15-20
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Participants in the Public Transportation industry operate passenger transit systems over fixed-routes and regular schedules within a metropolitan area. Due to the high capital cost associated with running a large public transportation system, industry operators rely heavily on government subsidies, and over the past five years government stimulus programs have fuelled industry revenue growth. In addition, ridership rates have been positively affected over the past five years by several key trends, including a rise in the price of oil and a lower unemployment rate. In the next five years, IBISWorld expects both government funding and ridership rates to continue to increase... purchase to read more

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The Public Transportation industry is composed almost entirely of government-operated transit systems. This industry provides a public service by transporting individuals around cities in a safe and efficient manner. Providing this service requires massive outlays on infrastructure and vehicles, such as subway cars and buses. Due to the high cost of providing these services, the majority of industry participants rely on government subsidies to maintain daily operations. The average public transit system in Canada is only able to cover barely half of its operating expenses through revenue generated from transit fares.

Due to the heavily subsidized nature of this industry, revenue is largely driven by government expenditure and investment on capital projects... purchase to read more


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What is the Public Transportation Industry?

This industry operates local and suburban passenger transit systems. This includes light rail, subways, streetcars and buses. These establishments operate with fixed routes and schedules, and enable passengers to pay on a per-trip basis (whether or not they also accept payment methods such as monthly passes).

Industry Products
BusesHeavy railStreetcars
Industry Activities
Operating heavy rail systems (e.g. metro and subway systems)Operating light rail systems (e.g. streetcar, tramway or trolley)Operating commuter transit systemsOperating mixed mode transit systems (e.g. bus, commuter rail and subway combinations)Operating commuter and local bus operations

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