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Industry News Partnerships for sustainable transportation in Laval The Société de transport de Laval has developed unique partnerships with four organizations involved in sustainable transportation, as a way of providing a full range of travel options that do not rely on singleoccupant motor vehicles. The first partnership is with Vélo Québec Association. Starting in the spring of 2009, thirty people on bicycles will go up and down the streets of Laval and meet with 20,000 families—or nearly 15% of the Laval population—at their homes to provide them with customized information on walking, cycling and public transit in their neighbourhood. This $500,000 investment is funded by the STL and Québec’s Ministère des Transports. The second partnership is with The Carpooling Network, an urban ride-sharing organisation. The STL and The Carpooling Network have made available to all Laval residents, free of charge, a very efficient, online system of matching carpoolers, accessible from the STL’s website. Carpoolers will be able to access reserved parking spaces at a métro station in Laval, and customers registered in the program will be able to benefit from a guaranteed return home by taxi in emergency situations. The STL will cover the cost of the taxi ride, up to a maximum amount of $25. Renewal of the agreement between the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) Following some fruitful exchanges, the agreement signed by both associations back in 2004 was reviewed and updated to be more in line with today’s reality. Jean-Jacques Beldié, President of the ATUQ and Steve New, Chair of CUTA, signed the new document. The official documents were exchanged at the ATUQ head office in Montreal last January 21 at a business meeting between Ms. France Vézina, the new General Secretary of the ATUQ and two CUTA representatives, Michael Roschlau, President and CEO and Bernard D’Amour, the Director of Public Affairs. The aim of the new agreement is to promote exchanges, strengthen ties and ensure that the processes and activities that members and committees of both associations are involved in complement one another. Moreover, the ATUQ and CUTA want to improve the circulation of information on cases of common interest and pool their efforts to promote mass transit, the development of mobility and sustainable development in Quebec and the rest of Canada. The agreement also calls for an annual meeting between both associations at which they will have an opportunity to share priorities and action plans for the coming year and identify at least one common project to complete during the year. CUTA Chair, Steve New, signing the agreement renewal of CUTA and ATUQ, President and CEO of CUTA, Michael Roschlau; General Secretary of the ATUQ, France Vézina; and Director of Public Affairs, Bernard D’Amour. surrounded by CUTA Vice Chair for Communications, Robert Olivier (left); and CUTA President and CEO, Michael Roschlau (right). canadian transit forum | forum canadien sur le transport collectif 29

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