Federal Budget a Small Step in Meeting Transit's Infrastructure Needs



    OTTAWA, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is
pleased that today's Budget identifies public transit as part of new
investments in infrastructure.
    "This budget commits new support for Canada's infrastructure," says CUTA
President and CEO, Michael Roschlau, "but the lack of investments dedicated to
public transit will make it a challenge for transit to meet the growing needs
of Canadian communities."
    "Transit infrastructure investment is an excellent way to stimulate the
economy, and to build sustainable transportation choices for the future," adds
CUTA Chair Steve New.
    CUTA has identified 167 fast track transit infrastructure projects from
across Canada that would stimulate the local economies of Canadian communities
while improving local transit networks.
    "We will continue our positive dialogue with all political parties in
recognition that there is still a need to do much more to advance transit
priorities," says Roschlau. "Transit is essential in improving the
environmental and economic health of Canadian communities, and predictable and
permanent funding is needed in meeting these needs."
    CUTA's report on infrastructure investment needs for Canadian transit
systems identifies $40.1 billion for the period 2008-2012 including the
maintenance and upkeep of the current systems and expansion to accommodate
more riders.
    "CUTA will continue to speak for its members in advocating for the
growing mobility needs of Canadians," concludes New. "A renewed partnership
with all orders of government in creating a positive climate for public
transit expansion will ensure long-term, predictable funding for all
communities."

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





For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of
Communications, Cell: (416) 898-5600, shuell@cutaactu.ca, www.cutaactu.ca

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