Federal government delivers green transportation initiatives



    OTTAWA, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in 14 projects
across the country that support environmentally friendly transportation.
    The projects will receive a total of almost $3 million under the
ecoMOBILITY program. Fourteen municipalities will receive funding for projects
that respond to their individual needs and circumstances.
    "This is a good example of what our government is doing to keep our
economy moving, create new jobs and deliver results for the environment," said
Minister Baird. "These projects will promote greener transportation
alternatives for Canadians, contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas
emissions and stimulate our economy."
    The ecoMOBILITY program works with provinces, municipalities and regional
transportation authorities to help develop initiatives that encourage
commuters to choose public transit or other alternatives to personal vehicles.
Through the program, the government is taking action to find ways to meet
transportation needs, reduce costs to Canadians and protect the environment.
    The ecoMOBILITY program is part of the Government of Canada's
ecoTRANSPORT Strategy, which has three goals: 1) improving the health of
Canadians and the environment by reducing the environmental impacts of
transportation; 2) contributing to Canada's future prosperity and
competitiveness by making critical transportation infrastructure sustainable
both economically and environmentally; and 3) promoting an efficient
transportation system that supports choice and the high quality of life
Canadians expect.

    A backgrounder with further information on the projects selected for
funding is attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder
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                PROJECTS FUNDED UNDER THE ecoMOBILITY PROGRAM
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    The Agence métropolitaine de transport in the Greater Montreal Area will
receive a contribution of up to $125,000 for a project to enhance the delivery
of its Allégo program that provides tool kits to private-sector employers
wishing to put in place green transportation options for their employees.

    Calgary Economic Development will receive a contribution of up to $800,000
for a project to foster teleworking in the business community. The
implementation plan will include awareness and public engagement; professional
development; telework program planning, impact assessment and reporting;
telework "living labs," or local work centres; and the development of policies
to promote community buy-in.

    The City of Edmonton will receive a contribution of up to $260,000 for a
community pilot project that aims to promote flexible work hours and
alternative modes of transport, such as walking, cycling, public transit and
carpooling in a "demonstration neighbourhood" in the city.

    The City of Guelph, Ontario, will receive a contribution of up to $127,100
for its Bicycle Friendly Guelph Initiative. This project will deliver a wide
variety of educational programs and events to encourage more people to ride
bicycles safely and conveniently.

    The City of London, Ontario, will receive a contribution of up to $120,000
for a project that will develop green transportation programs in both a
suburban residential area and an industrial area in the city. These
initiatives will help increase understanding of local transportation at the
neighbourhood and business district level.

    The City of New Westminster, British Columbia, will receive a contribution
of up to $120,000 for a series of related initiatives aimed at reducing the
number of personal vehicle trips taken in the city by municipal employees, as
well as by employees of the city's four main employers; promoting Safe Routes
to School for nine elementary schools; enhancing green transportation
components of the city's transportation plan; and creating a coordinator
position to promote green transportation options.

    The City of Peterborough, Ontario, will receive a contribution of up to
$350,150 for a project that will expand green transportation outreach and
education for workplaces, secondary schools and the general community. There
are also plans to expand the current IWALK program to include elementary
schools.

    The Corporation of the City of North Bay, Ontario, will receive a
contribution of up to $50,000 for a project to develop an outreach program to
encourage local secondary school students and those with physical disabilities
to use public transportation.

    The Halifax Regional Municipality will receive a contribution of up to
$50,000 for its Guaranteed Ride Home Program, which is an 18-month pilot
project to provide guaranteed rides home for participants in green
transportation programs.

    The Halifax Regional Municipality will also receive a contribution of up
to $55,000 for a project to study the feasibility of developing a dedicated
municipal fund to encourage transportation choices that will create a greener
transportation network.

    Metrolinx (the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority) will receive a
contribution of up to $405,000 for a project at elementary schools in the
Region of Peel and the City of Hamilton to pilot, test and monitor new
concepts and initiatives that encourage students to walk to school. It will
also promote green transportation alternatives for faculty and staff.

    The Region of Peel, in Ontario, will receive a contribution of up to
$120,000 for a project that will implement green transportation marketing
programs at six employment sites, reaching an estimated 9,500 employees. The
campaigns will aim to reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel.

    The Region of Waterloo, Ontario, will receive a contribution of up to
$180,000 for a project that will promote the use of new transit services in a
suburban residential community; demonstrate the effectiveness of a
transferable transit pass; and help area municipalities develop parking
management tools that support the use of green transportation alternatives.

    Saint John Transit in New Brunswick will receive a contribution of up to
$210,000 for a project to increase ride sharing and the use of public transit
in the local area.
                                                                January 2009
    




For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary Office of Transport
Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations, Transport
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca.
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