Federal Government delivers green transportation initiatives in New Westminster



    NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Stockwell Day,
Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway,
announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in a project in New
Westminster that supports environmentally friendly transportation.
    "I am proud that our government supports projects that can be good for
our economy and our environment," said Minister Day. "This project will help
improve the public transit system, promote eco-friendly transportation and
encourage infrastructure investments."
    The City of New Westminster will receive a contribution of up to $120,000
for a series of related initiatives, such as promoting Safe Routes to School
for nine elementary schools; enhancing the green transportation components of
the city's transportation plan; and creating a coordinator position to promote
green transportation options.
    "Our government is investing in the economic and environmental future of
our country," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "Projects such as
this one will help cut emissions and promote greener transportation
alternatives while also stimulating our economy and creating new jobs."
    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.
    This 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.




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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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