Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009 - (Page 21)

advocacy file MEETINGS IN OTTAWA SET TO STRENGTHEN COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC TRANSIT Transit in the Budget In the 2009 federal budget, Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty announced several infrastructure investments of relevance to public transit. The government created a new $4 billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund that will provide funding to infrastructure rehabilitation projects. Funding will be available for two years for projects that will begin during the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons, and the fund will cover up to 50% of project costs. The budget also announced a five-year $1 billion Green Infrastructure Fund and $500 million for infrastructure in smaller communities. Finally, acceleration of funding for longer-term infrastructure projects was also committed. All of the above initiatives include eligibility for public transit. IN LATE JANUARY, THE CUTA Executive Committee met in Ottawa during the same week as the Speech from the Throne opening the Second Session of the 40th Parliament, and the tabling of the 2009 Federal Budget. This was an excellent opportunity to provide comments on the budget and meet with Members of Parliament. During that week, CUTA had the honour of being the first organization to hold a parliamentary reception in Ottawa since the resumption of Parliament in 2009, an event that followed the Executive meeting and was Justin Trudeau, MP, meets with CUTA Chair Steve New and CUTA President and CEO, Michael Roschlau. (From left to right) Dennis Bevington, NDP critic for Transport, Infrastructure and Communities; Jim Abbott, MP; Senator Art Eggleton; Joe Comartin, MP. Charles Stolte, CUTA First Vice Chair (left); and James Rajotte, MP, Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance (right). CUTA Vice Chair Municipal Councils, Bev Dubois; CUTA President and CEO, Michael Roschlau; Leader of the NDP, Jack Layton; CUTA Immediate Past Chair, Penny Williams; Vice Chair TTC, Joe Mihevc; CUTA Vice Chair Finance, Vincent Rodo. canadian transit forum | forum canadien sur le transport collectif 21

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009

Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009
Message from the President – Rehabilitation and Renewal
Message du président – Renouvellement et remise en état
New Bus Garages from Coast to Coast
What is LEED Certification?
Nouveaux garages pour les autobus à l’échelle du pays
Qu’est-ce que la certification LEED?
Toronto’s Transit City Light Rail Plan
Plan de Transit City pour un train léger sur rail à Toronto
The Advocacy File – Meetings in Ottawa Set to Strengthen Commitment to Public Transit
Le dossier de la sensibilisation – Réunions à Ottawa pour renforcer l’engagement en faveur du transport collectif
Les gens du transport
People in Transit
Industry News
Des nouvelles de l’industrie
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide
Index commercial et guide des acheteurs

Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009