What Provincial Leaders are Saying about Transit

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and
the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) are pleased to provide party
responses to a provincial election questionnaire about public transit in
    Public transit in Ontario continues to grow, playing an ever increasing
and important role in the development of sustainable transportation systems
for municipalities. Supporting the increased role has been the help of
provincial initiatives such as the Gas Tax for Public Transit, the Ontario
Transit Vehicle Program, the Greater Toronto Transportation Authority and
other transit-supportive initiatives. Sustainable, long-term funding would
help to ensure that these initiatives have lasting environmental, social and
economic benefits for all Ontarians.
    In order to continue and build on the momentum created by the Provincial
Government initiatives, the public transit industry is seeking a commitment
from each of the main parties in advance of the Provincial Elections. To help
accomplish this, CUTA and OPTA sent six questions to the leaders of the Green
Party of Ontario, the Ontario Liberal Party, the Ontario New Democratic Party
and the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.
    Why are these responses important? Given the significant role of public
transit in improving our air quality and built environment, economic
competitiveness and social mobility, funding for public transit is seen as an
important issue for Ontarians. These responses will help the citizens of
Ontario to gain a better understanding of the provincial parties' positions on
public transit funding. Neither CUTA nor OPTA will be endorsing a political
    Their responses may be found at www.cutaactu.ca/en/node/1639.

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

    OPTA (formerly OCTA, the Ontario Community Transportation Association) is
a partnership of transit, business, government and non-profit agencies

For further information:

For further information: Maureen Shuell, Director of Communications,
CUTA, (416) 365-9800 ext. 105; or Kelly Paleczny, Vice-Chair, OPTA, (519)
451-1340 ext. 366

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