Small Communities Key to Success of Transit Vision 2040: CUTA Executive Committee marks 30th Anniversary of Transit in Grande Prairie Alberta

GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB, Sept. 20, 2011 /CNW/ - "We've come to Grande Prairie to see firsthand what public transit does, and can do, for a community like this," Michael Roschlau, CUTA President and CEO. "We're also so pleased to be here to help you continue the celebrations of your transit system's successes on this, your 30th anniversary!"

"I'm delighted that we chose Grande Prairie as the site for our 2011 Business Planning session and Executive Committee meeting, because this is a community that has clearly made a commitment to public transit, a commitment for all the right reasons - economic, environmental and social," remarks Roschlau.

CUTA held a news conference in Grande Prairie Alberta today to highlight the important link between Transit Vision 2040 and transit in smaller Canadian communities. Members of the CUTA Executive Committee selected Grande Prairie to host the annual business planning and strategy meetings.

"The province of Alberta's approval for GreenTRIP funding here in Grande Prairie has been designated for the purchase of 4 new accessible low floor buses - 2 for service expansion and 2 to replace older vehicles with new and cleaner technology," notes Roschlau, linking the funding to the importance to service expansion in the city.  "This will increase the number of buses from 20 to 22 and will make the system fully accessible."

CUTA also took the occasion to highlight the link between transit in smaller Canadian communities and Transit Vision 2040. The vision is intended to define a future where public transit maximizes its contribution to quality of life.  It's a future where transit delivers benefits that support a vibrant and equitable society. And, a future where public transit is a key part of a sustainable and healthy community environment.

"By 2040, Canadian society will look very different than it does today. Canada's population is projected to grow to 40 million, and our population will be growing older as well," says John King, CUTA Chair. "Transit Vision 2040 takes a proactive approach to enhancing our quality of life and ensuring that we make the right choices today to build a sustainable future for tomorrow."

"Grande Prairie Transit is an excellent example of how a robust transit system is already leading the way in putting the themes of Transit Vision 2040 to action," says King.

"Congratulations to Grande Prairie Transit on the success of your transit system," closes Roschlau. "We are delighted to be here and see first-hand the evidence of your leadership in the community, and on the major successes being celebrated in the year of your 30th anniversary."

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

For more on Transit Vision 2040: http://www.cutaactu.ca/en/publicationsandresearch/vision_2040.asp

For association information, visit www.cutaactu.ca

SOURCE Canadian Urban Transit Association

For further information:

Media Contact:
Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of Communications
On site in Grande Prairie (cell): (416) 898-5600
Office: (416) 365-9800 ext. 105

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