Federal government delivers green transportation initiatives in Ontario



    OTTAWA, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
announced today that the Government of Canada will invest in seven projects in
Ontario that support environmentally friendly transportation.
    The following projects have been selected for funding under Transport
Canada's ecoMOBILITY program:

    
    - The City of Guelph will receive a contribution of up to $127,100 for
      its Bicycle Friendly Guelph Initiative.
    - The City of London 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.
    - The City of Peterborough will receive a contribution of up to $350,150
      for a project that will expand green transportation outreach and
      education.
    - The Corporation of the City of North Bay will receive a contribution of
      up to $50,000 for a project to develop an outreach program to encourage
      the of use public transportation.
    - 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.
    - The Region of Peel will receive a contribution of up to $120,000 for a
      project that will implement green transportation marketing programs at
      six employment sites.
    - The Region of Waterloo 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.
    

    "Our government is investing in the economic and environmental future of
our country," said Minister Baird. "These projects will reduce environmental
impacts, promote economic opportunities and create 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.
    A backgrounder with further information on the projects selected for
funding is attached.

    
           PROJECTS FUNDED IN ONTARIO UNDER THE ecoMOBILITY PROGRAM
           --------------------------------------------------------

    The City of Guelph 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 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 Peterborough 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 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.

    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 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 campaign will aim
to reduce single-occupancy vehicle travel.

    The Region of Waterloo 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.

                                                                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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