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