Federal Government delivers green transportation initiatives in Saint John



    SAINT JOHN, NB, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Greg Thompson,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today that the Government of Canada
will invest in a project in Saint John, New Brunswick, 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 Thompson. "It will improve the
public transit system here in Saint John and have a positive effect on our
environment by reducing emissions."
    Saint John Transit 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.
    "Our government is investing in the economic and environmental future of
our country," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "This project will
promote greener transportation alternatives while also stimulating our economy
and creating 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.

    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.




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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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