Federal Government delivers green transportation initiatives in Halifax

    HALIFAX, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay,
Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, announced
today that the Government of Canada will invest in two projects in Halifax,
Nova Scotia, that support environmentally friendly transportation.
    "I am proud that our government supports projects that can be good for
our economy and our environment," said Minister MacKay. "They will help
greatly improve the public transit system in Halifax."
    The following projects have been selected for funding under Transport
Canada's ecoMOBILITY program:

    - The Halifax Regional Municipality will receive a contribution of up to
      $50,000 for its Guaranteed Ride Home Program, an 18-month pilot project
      to provide guaranteed rides home for participants in green
      transportation programs.
    - The Halifax Regional Municipality will also receive up to $55,000 for a
      project to study the feasibility of developing a dedicated municipal
      fund to encourage transportation choices that will create a greener
      transportation network.

    "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
    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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