January 17, 2005

Intelligent transportation systems projects get funding

Ottawa, Ontario – Twenty-five new projects aimed at making transportation in Canada safer, more reliable and efficient will receive funding under Transport Canada’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Plan. The projects range from an advanced traveller information system in British Columbia, to an integrated data and communication management system in Quebec, to a vehicle tracking system for rapid transit in Nova Scotia.

Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre announced that the selected projects will receive a total of $5 million in funding. The 25 winning projects will take place in various locations across Canada.

“The funds devoted to these projects reaffirm the Government of Canada’s commitment to accelerating the development and adoption of technologies designed specifically to enhance the transportation system, ” said Mr. Lapierre. “These innovations promote safety and security, relieve congestion, improve mobility and minimize the negative environmental impacts related to transportation.”

ITS is a new and rapidly developing field, where information processing, communication systems and sensing devices are combined and integrated in creative ways to make the transportation system work more effectively. Centralized traffic management, transit smart cards and electronic tolling are examples of ITS in action.

Since 1999, Transport Canada has provided more than $18 million in support of ITS projects and research in Canada. The maximum contribution from Transport Canada for each ITS project is $250,000.

For more information, visit the ITS website at www.its-sti.gc.ca.

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