CUTA partners with UITP to bring the Global Public Transport Summit 2017 to Montréal
Largest-ever global summit highlights growth and success of Canadian transit industry
Montreal, Quebec—(May 17, 2017) The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) was pleased to partner with the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) on the biennial Global Public Transport Summit in Montréal. The event, titled Lead the TRANSITion, features over 300 exhibitors and nearly 2500 delegates and is the biggest of its kind. The summit is timely as it coincides with both Canada’s 150thanniversary and Montréal’s 375thanniversary.
In attendance at the summit was the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, who delivered a keynote address on Monday morning. Also in attendance were Montréal Mayor Denis Coderre, who opened the summit by welcoming delegates to Montréal, and Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Infrastructure and Communities, who met with CUTA’s Transit Board Members Committee to discuss details of the government’s long-term infrastructure investments.
"This has been a great opportunity to highlight the major strides urban transit is taking in Canada, both as an industry and in our communities” said Sohi. “This government’s $28.7 billion commitment over 12 years for transit infrastructure investments will build on this trend by allowing local governments to prioritize the projects they need most.”
The Global Public Transport Summit covers all urban and regional transport modes and features a variety of sessions and panels by world-leading transit thinkers, as well as a major exhibition featuring urban transit solutions from across the globe. Canadian transit systems and manufacturers were front and centre at the summit thanks to the hard work of CUTA member systems, the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) and CUTA’s business partners.
“At this UITP Summit, the Canadian transit industry is having a real moment on the world stage,” said Patrick Leclerc, President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association. “But this goes beyond the many projects currently underway from coast to coast—this renaissance in Canadian transit is thanks to the hard work and collaboration of our members in finding solutions to urban problems and bringing them home to their communities.”
CUTA is the collective and influential voice of public transportation in Canada, dedicated to being at the centre of urban mobility issues with all orders of government, and delivering the highest value to its members and the communities they serve. CUTA is the national association representing public transit systems, suppliers to the industry, government agencies, individuals and related organizations in Canada.
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“This has been a great opportunity to highlight the major strides urban transit is taking in Canada, both as an industry but also in our communities” said Sohi.