GTTA Board moves forward on National Transit Strategy, including collaboration with Vancouver and Montreal

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Taking a proactive approach to the federal
government's proposed National Transit Strategy, the Board of the Greater
Toronto Transportation Authority (GTTA) today approved action to help set
national priorities for transit funding, with a focus on the needs of the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
    "This is Canada's largest and fastest-growing urban region, and obviously
it has a tremendous impact on the entire country - economically,
environmentally and socially," said GTTA Chair Rob MacIsaac. "We support the
development of a national framework for transit investments, and we want to
make sure we are a major part of it."
    In June 2007, the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities announced the development of a National Transit Strategy, as a
framework to capture objectives and priorities for public transit funding
across the country. The GTTA supports this effort to bring together the three
levels of government to strategically develop transit projects.
    "In many ways the National Transit Strategy concept mirrors what the GTTA
is doing here in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area - facilitating a
coordinated, strategic approach to transportation decisions and investments,"
MacIsaac said.
    As part of this process, the GTTA will develop a framework for
collaboration with Canada's other regional transportation authorities -
Montreal's Agence Metropolitain des Transports (AMT) and Vancouver's TransLink
- to identify and promote shared interests. Representing the three largest
urban regions in the country, the geographic mandate areas of AMT, TransLink
and the GTTA account for more than two-thirds of total transit ridership
across Canada.
    The GTTA will also consult and work collaboratively with other key
transit stakeholders, including the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
    "We are counting on the federal government to play a significant role in
transit investments, and a National Transit Strategy could be an important
catalyst to flow federal funding commitments," MacIsaac said. "We need to
engage the Government of Canada to ensure dedicated, sustainable, long-term
transit funding for the MoveOntario 2020 plan and other major GTTA

    GTTA Mission Statement

    At today's meeting the GTTA Board also approved the Mission Statement for
the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority:

        "To champion, develop and implement an integrated transportation
        system for our region that enhances prosperity, sustainability and
        quality of life."

    This mission statement stems from the GTTA's legislative mandate and its
unique purpose and role in creating a seamless transportation system for the
residents and businesses of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

    The GTTA is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Fran Agnew, Executive Assistant to the GTTA
Chair, (416) 874-5902; Rita Scagnetti, Director of Public Affairs and
Communications, (416) 874-5910

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