Canadians metro areas are few but rich in culture and economy.\nBut there's one area in particular where Canadian cities have lagged behind their American counterparts: public transit.\nALSO READ: New Urgent Travel Advisories Are In Effect For Canadians\nTL;DR Canada has 6 light and heavy rail transit systems. Below we've ranked them according to select criteria.\nWhereas large and dense cities in the United States (with the exception of Los Angeles) have extensive subway and streetcar systems, Canadians have long bemoaned the few transit options in their own urban areas.\nThankfully, some Canadian cities are making huge investments to address that issue.\nThe country currently has six heavy and light rail systems. Below we've ranked each one according to citizen/train car ratio, organization, and breadth, and plans for expansion.\nVia OCTranspo\n6. Ottawa – O-Train\nType: light railNumber of stations: 5 current (13 under construction)Total track length: 8km (20.5km projected)Number of train cars: 12Number of lines: 1 curent (1 under construction)Passengers per day: 28,600 (projected)City population: 883,390Ticket price: $3.45\n73,615 citizens / train car\nThe O-Train performs worst in terms of car/citizen ratio. At 8 kilometres, it is also the shortest rail transit system in the country. Even after the completion of the new Confederation Line, the system, at a projected 20.5 kilometres long, will still be shorter than that of Edmonton. The new line is a good start, but much more work needs to be done.\nVia Thankyoubaby\n5. Edmonton – LRT\nType: light railNumber of stations: 18 (12 under construction)Total track length: 24.3km (current)Number of train cars: 114Number of lines: 2 (1 under construction)Passengers per day: 112,805City population: ~900,000Ticket price: $3.25\n7,894 citizens / train car\nAs a small city, street-level light rail transit is probably Edmonton's best option. Unfortunately, its trains are known for their signalling failures, which could put riders at risk. On the bright side, an expansion is underway that will almost double the size of the system.\nVia Calgary\n4. Calgary – Ctrain\nType: light railNumber of stations: 46Total track length: 59.9 kmPassengers per day: 314,400Number of train cars: 256Number of lines: 2City population: 1.4 millionTicket price: $3.30\n5,468 citizens / train car\nThe Ctrain is well-organized but infamous for its frequent delays. The system is popular, but, as it stands, not nearly extensive enough to properly serve the population of Calgary.\nVia TTC\n3. Toronto – TTC\nType: heavy and light railNumber of stations: 75 (subway); 685 (streetcar)Total track length: 76.9 km (subway); 83 km (streetcar)Passengers per day: 915,100 (subway); 292,100 (streetcar)Number of train cars: 752 (subway); 250 (streetcars)Number of lines: 4 (subway); 11 (streetcar)City population: 2.8 millionTicket price: $3.25\n3,723 citizens / subway car11,200 citizens / streetcar\nToronto's transit system is shockingly inadequate given the size of the city. Chicago, for example, is a city of comparable size but with a vast public transit system. The TTC only serves a small portion of the sprawling urban area. Moreover, the streetcar system does not come close to making up for the limited subway routes. According to the Toronto Star, the system also averages 58 service delays per day. It places as high as third only because of its middling citizen/car ratio.\nVia STM\n2. Montreal – STM\nType: heavy railNumber of stations: 68Total track length: 69.2 kmPassengers per day (including buses): 1,298,400Number of train cars: 759Number of lines: 4City population: 1.8 millionTicket price: $3.25\n2,371 citizens / metro car\nMontrealers love to complain about the STM. But it's actually one of the most efficient and well-funded systems on the continent. With trains running every five minutes, and even more frequently during peak hours, the STM is highly reliable. One unique perk: the metro lines are completely underground, so there are zero weather delays.\nLocal and provincial politicans have also recently proposed multiple visions for the future of the STM. Most notably, current Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante ran on the promise of a new Pink Line, which would connect underserved neighbourhoods and alleviate stress on the downtown loop.\nVia TransLink\n1. Vancouver – Skytrain\nType: heavy railNumber of stations: 53Total track length: 79.6 kmNumber of train cars: 298Number of lines: 3Passengers per day: 477,500City population: 603,502Ticket price: $2.50-$5.00, depending on travel distance\n2,025 citizens / train car\nVancouver has the longest urban rail system in the country. And while the Vancouver system rarely faces the same weather-related transit issues that plague other Canadian cities, it is also perhaps the most efficient network, too. The trains are completely automated. There is no human error (nor is there the possibility of widespread strike-related delays). One huge perk is the direct line between the airport and downtown.