One of the newest names in Canadian real estate has launched a new ranking to help homebuyers find the best cities for convenient public transportation.

Redfin firm Walk Score’s inaugural Transit Score rankings put Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal at the top of the list of big cities with populations of 300,000+.

“Toronto is highly populated and growing all the time. The influx of people from all over the world to Toronto puts a strain on all aspects of transportation in regards to road infrastructure and traffic in and out of the city, which is nothing less than gridlock," said Blair Anderson, broker of record and market manager for Redfin in Toronto.

Toronto’s score of 78 and Vancouver’s 74 puts them above several major US cities including Boston (72), and Washington DC (71). Montreal ties with Philadelphia on 64. Toronto is also close to San Francisco’s score of 80.

"Some people moan and complain about public transit, but Toronto's system is one of the better transit systems in the world,” added Anderson. “It's highly ranked, runs well on a timely basis, and doesn't have many problems. And without it, the city would shut down."

Here is the full ranking of the top 15 large cities (with populations of more than 300,000) in Canada for public transit in 2019:

Rank

City

Transit Score

1

Toronto

78

2

Vancouver

74

3

Montréal

67

4

Mississauga

56

5

Brampton

53

6

Winnipeg

51

7

Calgary

50

8

Ottawa

50

9

Edmonton

49

10

Markham

49

11

Québec

47

12

Surrey

47

13

Laval

46

14

Hamilton

45

15

London

45

 

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