Regional Committees

The Regional committees and their subcommittees are open to all active CUTA members in the respective regions.

Atlantic Regional Committee

This committee represents the interests of all CUTA members in the Atlantic region. The committee offers an opportunity to share information and ideas relevant to Atlantic public transit systems, advance CUTA’s transit advocacy role and identify areas of mutual concern in the Atlantic region for action.

Next Meeting

The next Atlantic Regional Committee Meeting will take place during the CUTA Forum 2017 in York Region, November 5-8, 2017. 

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Rebecca Benaissa.

Québec Regional Committee

This committee represents the interests of CUTA members in Québec by providing a forum for Québec-specific issues affecting transit systems, manufacturers and suppliers.  The committee works in close collaboration with other Québec associations such as the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) and the Association Québécoise des transports (AQTr). Members address topics such as electrification of transport, traditional and alternative transit funding mechanisms, sustainable and integrated mobility, the strength of the transit supply chain, etc. The committee is open to all members located in the province of Québec.

Next Meeting

The next Québec Regional Committee Meeting will take place during the CUTA Forum 2017 in York Region, November 5-8, 2017. 

Latest Update

Committee members discussed the following issues on Saturday, May 13, 2017:

  • Distribution of funds for transit infrastructures (PTIF), phases 1 and 2, possibility of an extension to complete projects after March 31, 2018 and request for clarification made to minister Sohi, concerning phase 2.
  • Québec Budget for 2018-2019, announcement of the blue line extension, various programs and new political vision for sustainable mobility.
  • Update on the new Montréal governance in transit, which will be in place as of June 1, 2017.

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Joanne Vézina.

Ontario Regional Committee

This committee represents the interests of CUTA members in Ontario and complements the work of the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) by providing a forum for Ontario-specific issues affecting the public transit and urban mobility industry. Priorities include input to provincial policy development, regulatory oversight, assisting members with municipal advocacy and engaging municipal elected officials. The committee works with OPTA in developing submissions to provincial budgets and other legislative matters.

Next Meeting

The next Ontario Regional Committee Meeting will take place during the CUTA Forum 2017 in York Region, November 5-8, 2017. 

Latest Update

Committee members discussed the following issues on Saturday, May 13, 2017:

  • The mandatory AODA 5-year review is underway for the Transportation, Employment, and Information & Communications Standards currently in place. Recommendations for the Transportation Standard are with the Minister and not yet public, the review committees for Employment and Information & Communication have just begun their work.
  • The exemption for hand-held two-way radios is set to expire on December 31, 2017 (Bill 118). Through coordination with OPTA a study is being undertaken to gather relevant data related to use of hand held radios in the transit industry as well as applicability of products currently available in the marketplace for use in the public transit environment.
  • Recognizing the potential impact of Cap & Trade program in Ontario on transit operating costs, OPTA and CUTA Ontario Regional members are actively looking to represent the role transit has in improving overall GHG emissions in Ontario. OPTA has contracted CUTRIC to produce an evaluation, and CUTA is contributing GHG methodologies from across Canada. The data will be gathered through a series of workshops over the coming months.
  • TTC Random Drug & Alcohol Testing – Union’s court injunction was overruled April 3rd, and TTC is proceeding to roll out Random drug & Alcohol testing by May, and plan next to initiate meeting with Ministry of Labour May 24th.
  • Met with Ontario PC PAC April 5th.  Michael Harris is PC party Transportation critic and Innovation critic. PAC is Committee of PC members to assist in forming an election platform.

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Wendy Reuter.

Prairies and Territories Committee

This highly engaged and motivated community of members from Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon meets face-to-face twice a year for one-and-a-half days in addition to ad hoc discussions throughout the year using the Members’ Only Section of CUTA’s website. Members in this community promote the advancement of all matters related to the public transit industry – whether it is the New 10 year Building Canada Plan, Alberta’s Green Trip program, fuel hedging or other infrastructure initiatives. The community tackles issues and offers peer-to-peer information and support on a wide range of transit related topics including policies, procedures, risk factors, and success statistics – from on board cameras, pilot programs for CNG and electric buses, labour relations, recruitment, to training.

The bi-annual meetings are accompanied by product demonstrations from CUTA business members – a great opportunity for business members to meet their end user clients. In addition, the Chapter hosts an annual 2-day workshop for Fleet, Operations, and Training managers and front line staff.

Check out the calendar of events for the Chapter.

Next Meeting

The next Prairies and Territories Chapter Workshop will take place June 12-13, 2017.

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Patrick Leclerc.

British Columbia Regional Committee

The British Columbia Regional Committee (BCRC) shares information and ideas relevant to British Columbia public transportation systems, advances CUTA’s transit advocacy role and identifies areas of mutual concern or interest in the Province of British Columbia for action.

The BCRC has one subcommittee:

Safety & Security

This subcommittee focuses on the mitigation of safety & security transit issues in B.C., as well as research around sentencing and deterrents. The work reaches out broadly to other provinces to help inform their mandate.

Next Meeting

The next British Columbia Regional Committee Meeting will take place during the CUTA Forum 2017 in York Region, November 5-8, 2017. 

Latest Update

Committee members discussed the following issues on Saturday, May 13, 2017:

  • CUTA Updates, including new public health issue paper and CUTA Forum in York Region
  • Discussed national committee review process and how to improve member buy-in
  • Transit systems and security updates from those present

For more information or to join the committee, please contact Jeff Mackey.