TRANSDEV Limocar Supports APAQ at Hearings of City Council Commission About Montreal's 2007 Transportation Plan



    MONTREAL, Aug. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - TRANSDEV Limocar unreservedly supports
the APAQ (Association des propriétaires d'autobus du Québec / Quebec bus
owners association) regarding the future and realization of the Plan de
Transport 2007 - Réinventer Montréal, launched last spring by Mayor of
Montreal Gérald Tremblay. The APAQ is among the organizations invited to
present their position papers to the Commission du conseil municipal sur la
mise en valeur du territoire, l'aménagement urbain et le transport collectif
(City council standing commission on land development, land use planning, and
public transport) at the hearings to be held this evening.
    Given the considerable financial resources required for the projects of
the Plan de transport 2007 and the number of agreements to be concluded with
the many partners of the Greater Montreal Area, TRANSDEV Limocar is joining
the APAQ in calling for extensive discussions and an update of both the
organization and financing of public transport in the next stages.
    "We have valuable international experience in operating public transport
systems in many countries. By sharing our knowledge, in particular concerning
the development of public-private partnerships and the management of transport
systems involving many networks and modes of transport in large
agglomerations, we hope to help Montreal evolve into a major public transport
city," says Paul Wren, director general of Transdev Canada and president of
Limocar.

    TRANSDEV, which acquired Limocar last July, is a public transport
specialist with extensive international expertise in tramways. The company
operates 89 urban networks and 44 inter-urban transport networks for buses,
tramways, trains, and river shuttles in France, the United Kingdom, Portugal,
Italy, Germany, and Australia. The acquisition of Limocar, one of the most
recognized public transport companies in Quebec and a major provider of urban
and inter-urban transport, has allowed TRANSDEV to enter the transport market
in Canada.

    Background TRANSDEV

    TRANSDEV, a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts, is one of Europe's largest
public transportation operators. With 12 tram networks (Grenoble, Madrid,
Melbourne, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nottingham, Orléans, Strasbourg,
Tenerife, Valenciennes, Utrecht), 2 in the planning stage (Edinburgh, Reims),
and 2 subway systems in operation (Porto, Genoa), TRANSDEV is a world leader
in the market. TRANSDEV is present in Germany, Australia, Canada, Spain,
France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Portugal. The Group manages
a fleet of 17,000 buses and coaches, 1,027 tram vehicles, 92 subway cars,
27 rail vehicles, and 34 passenger ferries. It has more than 42,000 employees,
including 13,000 in France. In 2007 it posted 3 billion euros in annual sales.

    Background Limocar

    Limocar operates 320 vehicles with the capacity to transport four million
passengers a year, and has 435 employees. It provides public transport service
to over 40 municipalities through contracts with the CIT de la Vallee du
Richelieu and CIT Laurentides. It operates the Montreal-Sherbrooke intercity
route providing daily bus service to about 15 municipalities in the Eastern
Townships region. Limocar has been engaged in the transportation of school
children for close to 25 years. It operates about 130 routes, throughout
Quebec, and it is one of the leading school bus transporters in southwestern
Montreal and the Sherbrooke areas.




For further information:

For further information: Press Contact Canada: Véronique Arsenault,
Morin Public Relations, (514) 289-8688 extension 227, Toll free: 1 877
289-7007, Cell: (514) 923-9371, veronique@morinrp.com; Source:
TRANSDEV/Limocar

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