CUTA Calls on Party Leaders to make Transit a Priority
TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - As party leaders prepare for the National
Leaders Debates this week, the Canadian Urban Transit Association
(CUTA) is calling on the federal party leaders to make public transit a
key priority during the election.
Transit issues received significant attention early in the campaign.
Despite this, federal parties are still short on firm commitments to
specific projects or dedicated envelopes of funding for transit needs.
"CUTA is pleased to see that each of the federal party leaders has made
reference in support of transit; however, we remain concerned that
transit has not been identified as a high-level priority," says CUTA
President & CEO Michael Roschlau. "We hope that the leaders' debates
this week will provide an opportunity for the party leaders to lay out
their plan for public transit."
"A long-term vision for public transit is critical in helping to tackle
key national challenges currently facing Canadians, such as easing
traffic congestion and gridlock, reducing emissions and improving
quality of life," says CUTA Chair, Charles Stolte. "It plays a vital
role in boosting Canadian cities' productivity and competitiveness, and
accommodating population growth and a modal shift towards public
Other stakeholders, such as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities
and city mayors, have also called for a bold vision coupled with
permanent and adequate federal transit investments.
"Today, transit ridership is at an all-time high," continues Roschlau.
"The party leaders have a chance to be clear with Canadians during the
debates about their transit priorities, and demonstrate some vision for
"During this election campaign, all parties must step up to the plate
and make real, strong commitments for public transit," concludes
Stolte. "Through the implementation of a long-term, comprehensive plan,
Canadian transit systems can achieve their true potential and provide
significant economic, environmental and social benefits for the entire
For updates on transit issues during the campaign, see the CUTA website.
CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.
SOURCE Canadian Urban Transit Association
For further information:
Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of Communications
(416) 365-9800 ext. 105 (office)