StatsCan says immediate future of public transit ‘bleak’

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Urban transit in Canada stalled in November and it looks like there is a bumpy ride ahead, according to Statistics Canada. Recovery in city public transit systems slowed for the second month in a row after having steady gains during the summer. Ridership in November was 64.2% or 105.8 million rides below November 2019 levels. “This was the eighth consecutive month of steep year-over-year decline, each less severe, signaling a slow recovery until an abrupt stop in October,” Stats Can say in a report. There were 59 million public transit passenger trips in the country in November, which is a 1% decline from October. This drop appears to have been caused by stepped up COVID-related restrictions.