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The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada)

The Road and Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada)

February 16, 2005 11:39 ET

TRIP Canada Welcomes Council of Deputy Transport Ministers Report Demonstrating Massive Shortfall in Urban Transportation Investment


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FOR: THE ROAD AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM OF CANADA (TRIP CANADA)

FEBRUARY 16, 2005 - 11:39 ET

TRIP Canada Welcomes Council of Deputy Transport
Ministers Report Demonstrating Massive Shortfall in
Urban Transportation Investment

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 16, 2005) - The Road and
Infrastructure Program of Canada (TRIP Canada) today welcomed the
release of a report by the Council of Deputy Ministers Responsible for
Transportation and Highway Safety entitled "Urban Transportation in
Canada: Needs and Opportunities". The report examines the needs of
Canada's urban transportation system, and makes several recommendations
regarding the need for federal leadership and commitment to long-term,
predictable investment in urban transportation.

Of particular interest was a survey conducted among provinces and
territories regarding their ten-year needs for urban transportation.
According to the survey, which included data from ten of the thirteen
provincial / territorial jurisdictions, mass transit investment needs
over the coming decade were estimated at approximately $22 billion.
However, when asked specifically about road, highway and bridge
investment needs, the ten-year figure was estimated to be $66 billion.
In short, expected road and highway investment needs will be
approximately 3 times as great as mass transit needs over the coming
decade.

"Today's report by federal, provincial and territorial Deputy Ministers
of Transport presents a very sobering picture to all levels of
government", stated Lloyd Ferguson, Chairman of The Road and
Infrastructure Program of Canada. "This report makes clear that
governments and other stakeholders need to devise long-term investment
strategies to address the needs of our aging transportation
infrastructure", he added.

"Although this report points to the needs in the mass transit sector -
and those needs are great - it also demonstrates that Canada's roads and
highways are in need of far greater attention," stated Jeff Morrison,
Executive Director of TRIP Canada. "While governments at all levels are
talking about their intentions to direct gas tax and other municipal
funds into mass transit, this report stresses that with funding needs
three times as great, roads and highways have to be an essential element
of the urban transportation funding mix".

A copy of "Urban Transportation in Canada: Needs and Opportunities" can
be downloaded from the website of the Council of Deputy Ministers for
Transportation at www.comt.ca.

TRIP Canada is a Special Committee of the Canadian Construction
Association. It is comprised of ten provincial roadbuilder and heavy
construction associations, as well as the Ontario Sewer and Watermain
Construction Association.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    TRIP Canada
    Mr. Jeff Morrison
    Executive Director
    (613) 236-9455, x432
    jeff@cca-acc.com