The RTL is proud to have hosted the ATUQ conference
Longueuil, October 17, 2014 – On October 8, 9 and 10, the Longueuil agglomeration and the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) hosted the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ) annual conference. Under the theme Financing public transport for the wellbeing of Quebec citizens (Transport collectif : comment le financer pour contribuer au mieux-être des Québécois), the 11th edition of the conference benefited from the participation of fifteen speakers and five panelists who stimulated ideas and suggested innovative paths forward in response to this major challenge in a time of fiscal austerity.
"We would like to thank the ATUQ who provides, year after year, a forum for exchanges and reflection on the major issues facing public transportation. We are happy that the agglomeration of Longueuil was chosen to hold the event since the RTL is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For the occasion, we have published a special booklet entitled My RTL: Then and Now (Mon RTL, d’hier à aujourd’hui), to illustrate the role of the RTL in people's lives," announced the president of the RTL Board of Directors, Colette Éthier.
The event began with a presentation of the results of a survey led by ATUQ, laying the foundation for the discussions that followed. The Minister of Transport, Robert Poëti, was invited to address participants during the conference lunch. The mayor of Longueuil, Caroline St-Hilaire, also took the opportunity to raise specific issues facing the South Shore. To conclude and summarize the discussions, a five-person panel, led by political commentator Marie Grégoire, stimulated discussion on financing public transport and attempted to address the thematic issue.
The ATUQ conference, in partnership with Carbone Boréal, is an environmentally-responsible event since the organization will offset greenhouse gas emissions caused by participant travel. To this effect, the RTL made a shuttle service available to participants with the help of its new fleet of hybrid buses.
About the RTL
The Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) is a lead player in the transportation of people in the region, serving all five cities in the Longueuil agglomeration. As the third largest public transport organization in the province of Quebec, it handles more than 35 million rides annually. With 1,085 employees, the RTL is a large employer and therefore contributes to the economic vitality of the region.
Open to its surroundings, it plays an essential part in the daily lives of people and the community by offering efficient, innovative solutions that are adapted to its clientele’s ever-evolving transportation needs. The RTL makes improving the quality of life of residents its number one priority.
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