Post-pandemic, Canadians will need rail to get moving

A jobs-rich rail innovation strategy will help get our economy back on track

For five months, businesses across Canada were shuttered. Employment tanked. People were afraid for their families, children and elders. Statistics Canada reported nearly two million job losses in April, and despite recent gains in June, unemployment remains high.

With economic shutdown came work-from-home arrangements, social distancing and reduced transit ridership that Canada’s transit and shared mobility sector was not prepared for. To make matters worse – and despite efforts to accommodate social distancing – transit faced a barrage of negative press describing it as the scourge of transportation.

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