Federal Government delivers green transportation initiatives in Alberta

    EDMONTON, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister
of State (Transport), announced today that the Government of Canada will
invest in two projects in Alberta that support environmentally friendly
    "These projects will help Albertans meet their transportation needs and
lead to less congestion and fewer emissions," said Minister Merrifield. "Our
government is committed to working with Alberta to support these initiatives."
    The following projects have been selected for funding under Transport
Canada's ecoMOBILITY program:

    - Calgary Economic Development will receive a contribution of up to
      $800,000 for a project to foster teleworking in the business community.
    - The City of Edmonton will receive up to $260,000 for a community pilot
      project that aims to promote flexible work hours and alternative modes
      of transport, such as walking, cycling, public transit and carpooling
      in a "demonstration neighbourhood" in the city.

    "Our government is investing in the economic and environmental future of
our country," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "Projects such as
these 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.

    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.

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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