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CUTA celebrates women in transit on International Women’s Day 2019

Every day, women play vital roles in ensuring the success and vitality of the transit industry in Canada. On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate women in leadership roles in our industry and cast a spotlight on an outstanding role model, Line Thiffeault.

Line served transit riders in our National Capital Region for more than three decades in a stellar career at the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO). Her passion for transit led her to take on successively more senior roles in planning, customer service and operations. This rise culminated in Line being appointed Assistant Director General of the STO in 2008. She was entrusted at the time to manage one of the STO’s most important projects, the Rapibus bus rapid transit system, which launched successfully in October 2013.

Line was also promoted to Director General of the STO in 2013, where she provided guidance and leadership to a team of over 800 staff until her retirement in October 2018.

Throughout her career, Line has been recognized as a champion of public transit and as a collaborator and role model. She ensured that the STO was the official transportation partner of the Jeux du Québec – Gatineau 2010 and the Jeux de la francophonie – Gatineau 2014. This greatly increased the transit system’s visibility and brand.

In November 2018, CUTA was thrilled to present Line with the Edward J. Dowling Distinguished Service Award. This honour recognizes a CUTA member employee who has advanced the standing of the public transit profession in Canada via professional practice or personal relationships.

We warmly congratulate Line once again for winning this award. She is one of many women driven to succeed by their passion, expertise and growing influence in the transit industry. From our team to yours, happy International Women’s Day!

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