CUTA Reinforces Call for a National Transit Strategy



    Public Transit Provides Essential Support for Canadian Communities

    OTTAWA, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
recently responded to questions posed by the Ministry of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities in its paper "Background for Discussions
Regarding the Development of a Transit Strategy for Canada." The paper
presents a succinct summary of some key transportation-related challenges
facing Canadian communities.
    "CUTA is pleased to have the opportunity to take part in this
discussion," commented CUTA Chair Penny Williams. "We remain committed to
strengthening transit's role in Canadian communities and continue to champion
the development of a transit strategy for Canada."
    Highlighted in CUTA's response was the urgent need for a collective
commitment by all orders of government. This can be achieved by starting with
a shared vision, commonly held principles and a recognition of mutual
benefits, as represented by the five key recommendations in the National
Transit Strategy document prepared by the Big City Mayors' Caucus of the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities and endorsed by the Boards of Directors
of both CUTA and FCM.
    The strategy aims to increase transit ridership, improve the economic
competitiveness of Canadian cities, enhance the quality of urban life, and
reduce greenhouse gas reductions and improve air quality by proposing
dedicated new investment, measures to build demand, integrated land use and
transportation planning, innovative research and accountability.
    "There is a distinct role to be played by every single government," adds
CUTA President & CEO Michael Roschlau. "In order for a National Transit
Strategy to be successful, each government must collaborate to form a unified
partnership."
    The development of a National Transit Strategy provides an opportunity
for governments to identify a collective vision and help Canadian transit
systems achieve their true potential for the benefit of all Canadians.

    For a direct link to CUTA's response and to view its main recommendations
to Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Canada, please visit:
www.cutaactu.ca/node/405

    The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is the national association
representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government
agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.





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