June 14, 2004

Latest round of MOST funding supports clean transportation projects

Eight projects totalling $266,330 have been selected for the eighth round of funding under Transport Canada's Moving on Sustainable Transportation (MOST) program. The projects are designed to contribute to a more environmentally friendly transportation system and represent a wide variety of initiatives, ranging from quantifying the positive impacts of teleworking to the expansion of a successful transportation demand management program.

The following organizations will receive funding under the program: the Victory Car Share Co-op (VCSC), Community Bicycle Network, Electric Vehicle Society of Canada, Climate Change Central, ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU), Pollution Probe, the University of Calgary and WV Housing Corporation.

The VCSC, in Victoria, BC, has been granted $25,680 for its education and outreach project, aimed at increasing the number of people using car-sharing as an alternative mode of transportation. The Co-op has set a target of increasing membership by 50%, which will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobile use as well as fostering greater use of all alternative modes of transportation.

A pilot project by WV Housing Corporation will receive $7,750 to test strategies for promoting car-sharing in Whistler, BC, as well as the overall viability of car-sharing when offered through residential housing projects. The goal of the project is to help reduce the number of single-occupant car trips in the community.

Alberta's Climate Change Central and its partners will use a $35,000 grant to present a two-day conference focusing on transportation-related issues unique to Prairie cities. The conference, titled "Mobility Perspectives: Visionary Transportation for Prairie Cities," will provide an opportunity for municipal decision-makers (city councillors, senior managers and departmental officials) and non-governmental organizations to focus on sustainable transportation issues, and professionals in the transportation and land use planning industry to learn about, contribute knowledge to and take action on current transportation challenges facing Prairie cities.

In an initiative it calls "Sustainable Transportation in Calgary: Current and Future Contributions of Telework," the University of Calgary's Haskayne School of Business will use its $45,000 in funding to refine and adapt a comprehensive model of teleworking to measure all relevant effects on society, participating organizations and the employees involved.

Three of the MOST projects will be carried out in and around Toronto. The Community Bicycle Network will receive $20,000 to launch a monthly speaker series in the Greater Toronto Area featuring renowned experts on sustainable transportation. The Electric Vehicle Society of Canada will use its $40,000 in funding to produce an educational workshop manual which will educate students (mainly grade 11 and 12 or in community college) about sustainable transportation and guide them through the conversion of a standard gasoline-powered vehicle to an electric vehicle.

In the third Toronto project, Pollution Probe will receive $52,900 to expand the delivery of its Save Money and the Air by Reducing Trips (S-M-A-R-T) Movement in the Greater Toronto Area. S-M-A-R-T is a workplace-based trip-reduction program aimed at reducing single-occupant car trips by employees. This information resource and support service is designed to help medium and large organizations reduce such car trips.

Finally, the RÈ-BÈcanne project, conducted by ENvironnement JEUnesse (ENJEU) in Montreal, has been granted $40,000 to raise awareness among young people of sustainable forms of urban transportation and to encourage them to make smart transportation choices early in life. The project will provide information to young people about the effects of climate change, along with the knowledge and facilities to fix bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades. It will also make technical/mechanical classes available for their participation.

Since it started in 1999, the MOST program has provided approximately $2.1 million to 65 projects aimed at encouraging sustainable transportation practices among Canadians. Originally slated to last three years, MOST was extended to 2007 given $2.5 million in additional funding, in response to continuing demand.

The program helps organizations such as environmental groups, business and professional associations community associations, academic institutions, and Aboriginal organizations conduct projects with concrete results in the area of sustainable transportation. The program seeks to stimulate the development of innovative methods for decreasing the impact of transportation on the environment.

More information is available on Transport Canada's MOST Web site, www.tc.gc.ca/programs/environment/most/menu.htm.

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