Reports, Statistics and Research

The Canadian Urban Transit Association publishes a number of annual and special reports. These publications are available as hard or electronic copies. Please note that certain publications are available to CUTA members only and a number of these publications are available free of charge.



Urban Transit Statistics (UTS)

Urban Transit Statistics

Specialized Transit Statistics (STS)

Specialized Transit Statistics

Fleet & On-Board Equipment (Fleet)

Fleet & On-Board Equipment Statistics


Asset Statistics


Strategic Research

The following CUTA research reports are available free to members through CUTA’s online library.

Internal Research Projects (CUTA Funded

Click on the project titles below to access a PDF copy of the project document.

 - Maintenance Benchmarking

 - PIT project

 - Canadian Transit Handbook Update via Wiki

CUTA's 5 Primary Strategic Research Projects (Member Funded)

Click on the project titles below to access a PDF copy of the project charter.

Project TitleProject DescriptionSponsorFunded to DateTarget FundingTargeted Start
Forecasting demand for accessible transit services

This project will provide a review of current methodologies for forecasting specialized transit trips in Canada and the US. It will also identify data sources offering relevant information on the incidence of disability and use of accessible transit services now and over the next 25 years.

The project will provide recommended methodologies for:

- Determining capacity needs and service design considerations for future service;

- Specialized transit trip forecasting for transit systems of varying sizes; and

- Budgeting requirements for transit systems of varying sizes.

Accessible Transit Committee100% - Project Underway60KQ4 2013
Best Practices in Use of Business Intelligence for Transit Service Development

This project will provide a survey of approaches used  by Canadian Transit Systems  to integrate data provided by various ITS systems and to create business intelligence systems.

This project will include the development of:

 - Best practices in the acquisition and integration of the data generated by ITS systems;

 - Best practices in data management and  data integration to support business intelligence applications; and

 - Guidelines for business intelligence end user systems that can be used by transit planners and managers to improve services.

Planning & ITS0%80KQ2 2014
Best Practices for the Electronic Provision of Transit Passenger Information

This project will document best practices in:

 - The development and deployment of electronic provision of transit passenger information systems (including systems architecture and user interfaces); 

 - The creation and maintenance of the underlying data systems, integration of various components; and

 - The required resources to create, implement, and maintain the systems and existing standards, such as APTA’s TCIP.

Planning & ITS0%100KQ4 2014
Guidelines for Communities to Build Transit

This project is intended to help smaller communities who seek to establish transit service and larger communities who are looking to leverage growing delivery options from rapid transit to mobility management. 

The project will provide: 

 - Methods to identify the most appropriate transit service models for different combinations of community size and development  density is needed as well as operational and administrative functions required to implement and operate transit; and 

 - Guidelines for estimating capital and operating costs for typical approaches and service levels, as well as potential sources of capital and operating funding.

The final product is intended for use by planners, decision makers and other stakeholders in communities that either have public transportation in place or are contemplating public transportation for the first time. 

Planning & ITS100% TAC starting Steering Committee115KQ3 2013
Accessible Transit Service Standards

This research project will offer accessible transit service providers the opportunity to establish a series of service standards.

It is intended to create a voluntary, consensus building process, to help Canadian transit systems provide leadership in this area of mobility management.

By researching practices in the delivery of paratransit service and understanding the effectiveness and efficiency implications of various service standards, CUTA is uniquely positioned to develop a compendium of best practices in service standards.  

Accessible Transit Committee49%80KQ3 2014



The Canadian Urban Transit Association is the only source of detailed transit statistics in Canada. The statistical reports prepared by CUTA include detailed operating and financial statistics for conventional and specialized transit systems, fare structure details, ridership data, performance indicators and much more. CUTA statistics are an exclusive member benefit.

CUTA collects over 500 data fields from each of its transit system members annually. These statistics and performance indicators are used by transit system members to track their progress over time, benchmarking themselves against similar transit systems and themselves.

To order a CUTA report, please contact the Technical Services Department.