We’re Canada’s voice for public transit and urban mobility
Every day, millions of Canadians depend on public transit to get where they need to go. And while that may seem simple enough, public transit relies on technology, innovation, and investment to keep our communities moving safely and efficiently. It also relies on us. To communicate with governments—and within the sector.
CUTA helps connect the public transit industry. Our members include transit systems that carry 95% of the country’s riders, public bodies, companies that supply the sector, and experts in urban mobility. We advocate for investment and support from governments. We share best practices. We facilitate conversations and connections to help transit professionals keep up with the latest. And we’re the leading data collection body in the field.
We’re governed by an executive and board comprised of members across the country. There are CUTA offices in Toronto and Ottawa, where our bilingual, multidisciplinary staff team support our members. Our annual report is here. We also have more than 5,400 transit-related reports, technical studies, and presentations in our extensive library.
Our roots date back to 1904, when the Canadian Street Railway Association was founded in Montreal. In those days, we represented only privately-owned transit systems, especially on the Prairies, as the bus entered widespread use. With the advent of municipally-owned systems, our membership diversified and we became more involved in many of the issues that seize us today: traffic congestion, integrated mobility, and expanding public transit so we can keep people moving without urban sprawl and with fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
For more than 100 years, we’ve been the voice for public transit—so it can keep our communities moving safely and sustainably.