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30 March 2020

COVID-19: Guidance for the public transit industry

The Canadian transit industry has learned a lot about managing a pandemic-type crisis since SARS and H1N1 – two past global viruses – and how important it is to communicate to staff and customers early, openly and frequently. Public transit operators are closely monitoring this situation and following advice from local health authorities on how to contain the spread of this virus.

CUTA has a developed a constantly evolving online resource for COVID-19 updates as they pertain to the public transit industry. Click here to view a bilingual central link for up-to-date references and more information related to the virus as it applies to our industry. We are asking for CUTA members to refer to this webpage for updates as they become available.

For more information, please contact McCartney Lee 416-365-9800, Ext.127

COVID-19 Advocacy Update

CUTA members are pouring time and effort into implementing contingency plans for operations and communications on COVID-19 containment. As this pandemic becomes more prevalent, and to ensure adequate support is provided to the public transit industry during this time, CUTA has been consulting with members to build recommendations on ways the federal government and provincial governments can support transit operations. CUTA has stressed to the federal government that it is critical that our industry have access to federal funding arising from future emergency support/stimulus packages that are tabled as a result of this unfortunate situation.

For more information, please contact Chad Jeudy-Hugo at extension 614.

CUTA’s 2020 Annual Conference and Transit Show in Québec City

Once a year, CUTA facilitates four days of quality educational sessions, interactive roundtables and networking opportunities that connect hundreds of professionals in transit. Our Annual Conference and Transit Show is the largest of CUTA’s events and will bring together over 700 industry stakeholders from Canada and around the world.

This event will run from Sunday, November 15 to Wednesday, November 18 in Québec City, and is being graciously hosted by Le Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC). Please click here for more information as it becomes available.

For more information, please contact

CUTA’s Spring Summit cancelled

In an effort to ensure the safety of our members and to respect public health guidelines in the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CUTA would like to inform speakers, registrants and those who were planning to attend the CUTA Spring Summit in Ottawa from May 10-12, that the event is cancelled. CUTA will be processing full refunds for registration fees over the next few weeks. We apologize for any inconvenience.

For more information, please contact For more guidance on COVID-19 as it pertains to the Canadian transit industry, please visit

Zero Emission Vehicles

CUTA has recommended that the 2020 federal budget deliver a funding package comprised of approximately $1.9 Billion over 5 years to help transit systems procure and install zero-emission buses and associated charging infrastructure. Based on projections derived from member feedback from CUTA’s Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) survey, this funding package should be able to help Canadian transit systems procure 4000 ZEB over the next 5 years, helping the government achieve mandated targets. As part of CUTA’s ongoing work, advocating for ZEB remains a priority.

For more information, please contact Chad Jeudy-Hugo (416) 365-9800, ext. 614

Webinar: Responding to COVID-19: How to optimize transportation resources during emergencies

In the face of COVID-19, transit agencies are experiencing unprecedented challenges. Learn how Via On-Demand Transit is helping transit agencies re-purpose their transportation resources to provide essential services during these times of crisis.

To register for the webinar, please follow this link.

For more information, please contact Oliver Nicholls at extension 114

Webinar: NEW - ECO Friendly RFID Transit Tickets 

Growing urbanization increases the pressure on public transport agencies to enhance overall service accessibility. The need to manage urban flows requires flexible and reliable solutions to follow city dynamics. 

Learn how RFID technology can be superior to any other passenger identification solution in terms of speed and overall system cost while utilized new plastic-free RFID tickets in our latest webinar on April 7th 

To register for the webinar, please follow this link

For more information, please contact Oliver Nicholls at extension 114. 

Corporate Partner and sponsorship opportunities

We are excited to present CUTA’s 2020 sponsorship package. Sponsoring CUTA events provides unparalleled exposure and prestige among the most successful transit industry professionals in Canada. Showcase your company’s strength, commitment and leadership in the industry; reserve your sponsorship rights today.

New feature: Become CUTA’s Corporate Partner

By becoming a corporate partner, your company will receive visibility across all CUTA events in 2020 – including promotion leading up to, during events and through post-event communications. Click here to view our Corporate Partner and sponsorship opportunities for 2020.

For more information, please contact Jonah Vetro at (416) 365-9800 extension 118.

CUTA membership renewal 2020

Thank you for the trust and support you place in our association. If you have not already done so, we invite you to renew your membership today. Click here to review your invoice and renew your membership, or please forward the invoice to the person in your organization best suited to approve and process the renewal invoice.

If you have any questions about your membership, please contact

Membership referral incentive program

Refer a new member to CUTA. If they have never been a CUTA member and they join because you refer them, you will receive a $500 gift voucher, which can be redeemed for a CUTA learning event, conference registration, transit show booth, fact book, or towards your membership.

For further information, please click here or contact