Map of the Week: Transit spending
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This week's map looks at household transit spending on transit in the GTA by census tract.
The basic pattern is familiar: transit spending is high in areas built at a streetcar scale and lower downtown - which was built to a pedestrian scale - and in the post-1945 suburbs, built to a car scale.
Transit spending is higher in the west end north of Bloor and up as far as Eglinton than along the Danforth - it's not clear why.
There are pockets of (relatively) high transit use in parts of Mississauga and Brampton, and also around York University, on both sides of Steeles.
Map: Average annual household expenditure on transit with 1000m overlay
Transit spending has a less clear relationship to the subway lines than I would have expected. Here is a mashup of the radius map from last week (1000m radius around subway stations) with transit spending:
After a certain distance from the core, the existence of a subway line seems to have little effect on transit use. The upper horns of the YUS system, the Bloor/Danforth line west of the Humber and east of Vic Park (and the LRT) and the Sheppard line have no effect on the underlying map. Here is another zoom:
Click on the map links for fully interactive versions.