Ontario budget continues to deliver for transit

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)
and the Ontario Community Transportation Association (OCTA) appreciate the
Ontario government's ongoing commitment to public transit, as reflected in
today's budget.
    "The provincial gas tax program is directly helping to meet Ontario's
transit needs," says Michael Roschlau, CUTA President and CEO.
    "As a result, transit ridership in Ontario has been increasing, a trend
that is expected to continue with strong provincial investments," adds
Béatrice Schmied, OCTA Executive Director. "Long term predictable funding
levels are critical in order to plan for effective transit."
    "Funding transit infrastructure directly contributes to reducing growing
traffic congestion," comments Bill Cunningham, OCTA President. "We know that
strong transportation is key to supporting the province's sustainable economic
    "The distribution of funding from the Federal Public Transit Capital
Trust will help transit systems meet the proven ridership needs of
municipalities across the province," closes Larry Ducharme, CUTA Ontario
Regional Committee Chair.
    The Associations look forward to working with all levels of government to
fully realize transit's potential.

    The Ontario Community Transit Association (OCTA) represents the public
transit systems of approximately 80 Ontario municipalities, as well as
transportation providers in the non-profit sector and suppliers to the

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

For further information:

For further information: Béatrice Schmied, Executive Director, OCTA,
schmied@octa.on.ca, (905) 271-6663; Maureen Shuell, Director of
Communications, CUTA, shuell@cutaactu.ca, (416) 365-9800, ext 105

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