Public transit will be a key component of the new infrastructure plan: CUTA

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is delighted to see that the government is moving forward with the development of a new long-term infrastructure plan. As committed in the last budget, Minister Lebel announced today that the federal government is launching the formal engagement process that will bring together the Government of Canada, provinces, territories, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and others, such as CUTA, to develop a new long-term plan for public infrastructure beyond the expiry of the Building Canada Plan in 2014.  

"The government is delivering on a key commitment of the last budget to work with all orders of government as well as with stakeholders such as CUTA in developing a new long-term plan to expand and renew our infrastructure. On many occasions, the government highlighted the strategic importance of investing in our infrastructure and today`s announcement is another sign that we are moving in the right direction", says Michael Roschlau, CUTA President and CEO.  

Over the last few months, CUTA met with representatives from Infrastructure Canada to discuss the importance of making public transit a key component of the new plan. "There is recognition from both the transit industry and the government that federal investment in public transit has had positive impact on the vitality of our communities, the competitiveness of our urban centres, and the quality of life of Canadians across the country", adds CUTA Chair John King.  

Over the last 10 years, investment from the federal government has grown substantially, averaging nearly $1 billion per year. "We will be pleased to work with all orders of government and other stakeholders to make sure that public transit is a key component of the new plan", concludes Roschlau.

CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.

For association information, visit: www.cutaactu.ca

SOURCE Canadian Urban Transit Association

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