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Tuesday November 11, 2014

The RTL's management board supports a resolution requesting for the transport minister to ensure the sustainability of paratransit by taxi

Longueuil, November 7, 2014 – In support of the resolution made at the Table de concertation de l’industrie du transport par taxi (taxi industry round table), which included the participation of the Alliance des Regroupements des usagers du transport adapté du Québec (ARUTAQ) and the Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ), the Management Board of the Réseau de transport de Longueuil (RTL) recommends that the Minister ensure adequate funding for the taxi industry to meet the growing mobility needs of people with disabilities and to promote their transit trips.

This resolution followed a decision on the part of the Government of Quebec to cut nearly a million dollars a year in funding for government assistance programs for the transportation of the disabled. "These cuts hurt, especially this year, since the decision was only communicated to organizations last June. This significant decrease in funding has serious consequences both for disabled people and for the taxi industry, which supported the majority of paratransit trips.  The RTL therefore joined with the Table de concertation de l’industrie du transport par taxi to ask the Minister of Transport to ensure foreseeable funding to guarantee the sustainability of paratransit by taxi," explained Colette Éthier, the president of the RTL's Management Board.

Excerpt from the resolution adopted by the Table de concertation and supported by the RTL:

[…] we recommend that the Minister of Transport of Quebec, Robert Poëti, intervenes to ensure:
•    That the decision on the Adapted transit government assistance program for 2014 be reviewed very quickly, to match what was already provided for in Decree 87-2014, adopted on February 6, 2014;
•    That we are informed rapidly concerning the assistance program for the year beginning on January 1st, 2015;
•    That adequate funding is guaranteed until 2020, to meet the growing mobility needs of people with disabilities and to promote their transit trips. In this regard, we draw the attention of the Minister of Transport to section 3.4 of the national strategy for sustainable mobility (February 2014), which was considered by all partners, and which followed our representations to the ministère des Transports du Québec.

Resolution adopted unanimously, on September 29, 2014, by the active members of the Table de concertation de l’industrie du transport par taxi,
 
Alliance des Regroupements des usagers du transport adapté du Québec (ARUTAQ)
Association des Limousines du Québec (ALQ)
Association du transport urbain du Québec (ATUQ)
Bureau du taxi de Montréal (BTM)
Comité provincial de concertation et de développement de l’industrie du Taxi (CPCDIT)
Regroupement des travailleurs autonomes Métallos (RTAM)
Union des transports adaptés et collectifs du Québec (UTACQ)
 

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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Anne-Louise Milot
Public Relations Consultant
Réseau de transport de Longueuil

450-442-8600, Ext. 8145
almilot@rtl-longueuil.qc.ca