MEDIA ADVISORY: Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) to Release National Public Transit Safety Recommendations

Published April 20, 2023.

Press Conference

What: CUTA will release and speak to recommendations by its Safety and Security Taskforce to address root causes of violence on transit and advocate for real-world solutions. CUTA will also call on all levels of government and partnering organizations to participate in the taskforce to work collaboratively on this critical issue.

Who: Marco D’Angelo, President, and CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA)

When: 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. EDT on Monday April 24. A press release, information backgrounder and the list of transit safety recommendations will be distributed following the press conference.

Where: Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery, room 135-B West Block, Parliament Building Ottawa Ontario, K1A OA6.

Participation: Media are invited to attend the 9:30 a.m. press conference in person. Accredited national press gallery media will also be able to tune in live via a link that will be shared on the day of (sent directly from the press gallery).

Interviews: Marco D’Angelo is available for an interview beginning at 10:00 a.m. CUTA is looking to schedule interviews proactively.

Background: In June 2022, CUTA formed a Transit Safety Taskforce to develop recommendations to address root causes of violence on transit and advocate for real-world solutions. CUTA accelerated the work of the taskforce due to the rise in incidents of violence on transit. CUTA recognizes the need for immediate action to ensure the safety and security of transit riders and workers. Public transit systems reflect the communities they serve. Issues, such as poverty, homelessness, substance use, and mental health, when left unaddressed, can impact transit systems. No single solution can address the complex issue of violence on public transit. CUTA is calling for a broad-based approach that brings together experts and advocates from different fields to work collaboratively on the issue.

Media contact:
Jon MacMull
Director, Communications & Public Affairs
[email protected]