New electric buses unveiled in Quebec City



    QUEBEC CITY, June 2 /CNW Telbec/ - Eight new electric buses, designed to
easily traverse Old Quebec's narrow streets, were launched into service today,
under Transport Canada's Urban Transportation Showcase Program. The Honourable
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and
Minister responsible for Quebec, along with Mayor of Quebec City, Régis
Labeaume and Quebec Minister of Transport, Julie Boulet, unveiled the buses
today in Old Quebec.
    "The Government of Canada is getting things done, by investing in
innovative transportation to deliver a cleaner environment," said Minister
Cannon. "Our government is working towards real, long-term solutions to clean
up our air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to benefit the health of
Canadians."
    Launching these electric buses during Environment Week also underscores
the government's resolve to reduce greenhouse gases and air pollution. In
addition to helping people get to their destinations quickly and more
efficiently, the buses will help keep the air clean, improve quality of life,
and respect the physical heritage of Old Quebec.
    The governments of Canada and Quebec announced their commitment of $16.9
million in February last year, to innovative public transit initiatives in
Gatineau, Montreal and Quebec City, as part of the Urban Transportation
Showcase Program.
    In Quebec City, the total cost of the project is valued at $12.2 million.
The partners have committed the following amounts:

    
    - $4.2 million over two years from the Quebec government;
    - $2 million from the federal government;
    - $5.6 million from Quebec City; and
    - $325,000 from the Réseau de transport de la capitale.
    

    These commitments help put electric buses into service in Old Quebec as
of today, and demonstrate the Government of Canada's commitment to sustainable
urban transportation in Canada's cities.
    The Urban Transportation Showcase Program funds projects that demonstrate
the impacts of strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban
transportation and expand the range and convenience of sustainable
transportation options for Canadians. The program was developed following
consultations with provincial, territorial and municipal partners, among
others. Eight municipalities were selected from 50 showcase proposals to
demonstrate innovative strategies for facing these urban challenges.
    The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring a cleaner, healthier
environment for all Canadians. This principle is the cornerstone behind the
government's "Turning the Corner" action plan to reduce greenhouse gases and
air pollution, as well as many other environmental priorities, including
environmental enforcement, water conservation, pollution and waste.
    The Government of Canada is making the largest investment ever made by a
federal government to modernize infrastructure in the country. Building Canada
is a $33-billion, 7-year plan to contribute to a competitive economy, a
cleaner environment and strong and prosperous communities.
    Budget 2008 sets aside $500 million in support of capital investments to
improve public transit. It also confirms that the Gas Tax Fund will be
extended beyond 2014 and become a permanent measure, providing continuous,
long-term, predictable funding to municipalities, amounting to $2 billion a
year nationally.




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