January 31, 2005

Sustainable transportation centre relocates to Winnipeg

The Manitoba government is seeking to enhance province's international reputation in sustainable transportation, following the relocation of the Centre for Sustainable Transportation (CST) to Winnipeg from Toronto. As part of a new partnership with the universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, the province will provide a total of $500,000 over five years.

The University of Winnipeg will contribute a total of $250,000 over the five-year term which includes administrative support and space for the centre. The university and its Institute of Urban Studies will work through the CST to develop a focus on urban sustainable passenger and freight transportation. The University of Manitoba, through a partnership with the centre, will enhance the sustainable transportation focus of studies offered through the Asper School of Business.

The CST is a national, not-for-profit organization created to provide leadership in achieving sustainable transportation in Canada. Its participants include representatives from the academic community, provincial governments and transportation industry.

Manitoba has already been active in many aspects of sustainable transportation, such as the exploration and development of alternative vehicle technologies including promoting ethanol fuels, testing of gas-electric hybrid cars and supporting hydrogen fuel cell development. Winnipeg is also the home base for the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

"The Centre for Sustainable Transportation is a good fit for the city's downtown urban university whose faculty, staff and students are the highest users of transit and alternate transportation in the city," said Lloyd Axworthy, president of the University of Winnipeg.

"Manitoba's commitment to developing sustainable strategies for transportation and the many partnership-driven projects now underway were a key part of convincing the centre to relocate to Winnipeg," said Transportation and Government Services Minister Ron Lemieux, adding, "this initiative will bring government, industry, academic and non-government resources together to establish Manitoba as a global leader in sustainable transportation."

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