According to the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) transit ridership has showed an increase of 3.5% nationally for 2008.
The statistics showed an additional spike of riders the same time the economy started to fall into recession.
CUTA was originally founded in Montréal in December 1904 as the Canadian Street Railway Association. In 1913, it became known as the Canadian Electric Railway Association. In 1932 the name was changed to Canadian Transit Association. The present name was adopted in 1973 when the Association was incorporated in its current form.
Membership in CUTA is composed of 120 transit systems, along with 15 government agencies and 250 business members.
Canadian Transit Ridership Breaks Record Again in 2008