Federal Government delivers green transportation initiatives in the Greater Montreal Area

    MONTREAL, Jan. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Christian Paradis,
Minister of Public Works and Government Services, announced today that the
Government of Canada will invest in a project in the Greater Montreal Area
that supports environmentally friendly transportation.
    "This is a good example of what our government is doing to keep our
economy moving and help our environment," said Minister Paradis. "This project
will encourage the use of greener transportation alternatives and contribute
to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."
    The Agence métropolitaine de transport in the Greater Montreal Area will
receive a contribution of up to $125,000 for a project to enhance the delivery
of its Allégo program that provides tool kits to private-sector employers
wishing to put in place green transportation options for their employees.
    "Our government is investing in the economic and environmental future of
our country," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "Projects such as
this one will help cut emissions while also stimulating our economy and
creating new 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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