Do you still trust Canada’s public transit systems?

Matthew Coutts
Do you still trust Canada’s public transit systems?

The tragic collision between an Ottawa city bus and a passenger train on Wednesday highlighted a potential concern for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who rely on public transit on a daily basis.

Six people were killed and 30 others injured when a double-decker commuter bus collided with a Toronto-bound Via Rail train during the morning rush hour.

Ottawa transit officials highlighted their concern for the passengers involved and underlined the overall safety of the transit system, but questions remain.

The Canadian Urban Transit Association says more than 1.5 billion trips are made on public transit over the course of a year. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians rely on public transit on a daily basis to get to work and home safely. The Toronto Transit Commission alone says they serve 1.6 million customers over the course of a single week.

Yet every time we use public transit, there is the possibility of subway malfunctions, bus accidents, or train derailments. The possibility of human and mechanical error exists, yet ridership continues to increase.

So we ask: Do you still trust Canada's public transit systems?