Policy forum

September 29, 2020

Policy forum

 

CUTA’s annual policy forum is a chance to hear from key stakeholders who are shaping Canada's policy and urban mobility agendas. It’s an opportunity for the industry to have its voice heard to ensure we are building stronger, more sustainable, economically competitive and socially inclusive communities across the country. Registration for each session is free!

 

11:00 – 11: 45 AM Eastern | Panel: Climate Change and Resiliency

Moderator: Alain Mercier, CUTA Chair and CEO of Le Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)

Panelists: Juan Hiedra Cobo (National Research Council - Rail)

This panel is about looking to the future of public transit. How do we build back better with a focus on a greener economic recovery?

  • How can public transit combat climat change, and how do we continue this fight when our systems have lost so many riders? How do we make sure they don’t return to their cars – permanently?
  • How have public transit systems become innovators in dealing with Covid-19? How can we become more resilient?

 

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12:00 – 12:45 PM Eastern | Fireside Chat

Marco D’Angelo, CUTA President & CEO and Brian Topp, KTG Public Affairs and former chief of staff to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley

This fireside chat will feature the inside story of how CUTA, its transit systems and partner stakeholders, secured emergency operating support in the Safe Restart Agreement. A significant achievement, with the federal government providing operating funding to public transit systems for the first time in history. The hosts will also look ahead to the future and discuss the Throne Speech, and the need for ongoing support for transit.

 

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1:00 – 1:45 PM Eastern | Panel: Zero-Emission Vehicles

Moderator: Alain Mercier, CUTA Chair and CEO of Le Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC)

Panelists: Jennifer McNeill, Vice President, Sales and Marketing at New Flyer

                  Emmanuelle Toussaint, Vice President, Legal, Regulatory & Public Affairs and External Communications at Nova Bus.

The federal government has committed to placing 5’000 new electric buses on the road by the end of its mandate. The transit industry has risen to the challenge. This panel will discuss the road to electrification, as well as the benefits and challenges of zero-emission fleets from a transit system and manufacturer’s perspective.

  • Based on CUTA’s Zero-Emission Bus Market Survey, CUTA estimates that potential demand for hybrid and battery electric buses in the Canadian market could be up to 4000 over the next 4 years, if there is appropriate government support. However, Covid-19 has impacted this outlook. What can policymakers do to ensure that the transit industry remains ambitious and prepared for greening their fleets?
  • From a transit system perspective, what are the challenges posed by electrification, and how do we overcome them?
  • From a manufacturer’s perspective, what are the challenges to meeting the demand for zero-emission buses if there is significant government funding support? What can policymakers do to help the industry follow through on its ambitions to green their fleets?

 

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For more information, please contact Elvanee Veeramalay.

Policy forum

September 29, 2020


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