Toronto Public Transit Ranked Best in Canada- Christine Yang Real Estate


A recent report by Redfin, a technology-based real estate brokerage, revealed that Toronto’s public transit system is the best in the country!


Public transit plays a huge role in real estate. Homes near transit stops, such as buses, streetcars, and subways, have more appeal and value to buyers. Having great public transit is something many Toronto homeowners take for granted. Although the TTC does have its issues, it truly is one of the best in North America.


Redfin ranked cities by calculating their Transit Score. Similar to a Walk Score, a transit score ranks properties, neighborhoods, and regions based on how easy it is to get around. Redfin describes their Transit Score methodology as, “The Transit Score algorithm calculates a score by summing the relative usefulness of public transit (bus, subway, light rail, ferry, etc.) routes near a given location. Usefulness is defined as the distance to the nearest stop on the route, the frequency of the route, and type of route (with twice as much weight given to heavy/light rail than to bus service).”


Overall, Toronto’s transit scored 78 out of 100. Toronto ranked higher than some large US cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and Philadelphia, which scores 72, 71, and 67 respectively.


In Canada, Vancouver and Montreal scored the next best spots as best transit systems in the country. Here is the full list:


  1. Toronto: 78
  2. Vancouver: 74
  3. Montreal: 67
  4. Mississauga: 56
  5. Brampton: 53
  6. Winnipeg: 51
  7. Calgary: 50
  8. Ottawa: 50
  9. Edmonton: 49
  10. Markham: 49
  11. Quebec City: 47
  12. Surrey: 47
  13. Laval: 46
  14. Hamilton: 45
  15. London: 45


Toronto residents are incredibly lucky to have a great transit system. Not only does it run more frequently than any other city, it’s also extremely expansive covering the surrounding areas, not just the downtown core. The TTC is a major appeal to buyers so be sure to alert your real estate agent if you’re near any stops!

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