Transit Infrastructure Investment Critical: CUTA



    OTTAWA, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is
renewing its call for action in addressing the current and future
infrastructure needs for public transit, after releasing the report, covering
the 5-year period 2008-2012.
    "According to the report, public transit infrastructure needs for the
period 2008-2012 stand at $40.1 billion," says CUTA President and CEO Michael
Roschlau. "The renewal portion - to keep transit systems operating in a state
of good repair - is $11.8 billion of the total. The expansion needs - allowing
transit to keep up with ridership demand and population growth - amounts to
$28.3 billion over the next 5 years."
    A recent poll of Canadians found that 73% believe the federal government
is not doing enough to support local transit infrastructure across the
country; 66% are not confident that all levels of government are working
together to meet long-term transit infrastructure needs; and 61% do not
believe that there is enough government support for transit infrastructure to
keep up with growth in their community.
    "For Canadian municipalities to maintain their viability and
competitiveness, it is necessary for the federal government to assume a
leadership role," concludes Louise Poirier, CUTA Vice Chair, Municipal
Councils. "Government has the opportunity to provide a solution to gridlock,
air quality and climate change while responding to the real needs of urban
mobility throughout Canada."

    Background:

    CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems,
suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related
organizations in Canada.

    For a full copies of the Infrastructure report:
http://www.cutaactu.ca/sites/cutaactu.ca/files/infrareport2008.pdf

    La version française du rapport se trouve à :
http://www.cutaactu.ca/sites/cutaactu.ca/files/besoinsinfra2008.pdf




For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shuell, CUTA Director of
Communications, (416) 898-5600 (cell - in Ottawa Feb 4, 2008), (416) 365-9800
ext. 105 (office), www.cutaactu.ca

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