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January 30, 2013

CUTA releases accessibility study

The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) released a new report on the Value Case for Accessible Transit in Canada. The study, which highlights the economic and social benefits of accessible transit in Canada, has been developed with the underlying key themes of universal accessibility, inclusion, strong vibrant communities and health.

"This study provides the first value case account of accessible transit in Canada and is an important first step in continuing to evaluate the benefits of such services in our society," says Lorna Stewart, director of Edmonton Transit Disabled Adult Transit Services (DATS).

This report shows that the case for providing accessible transit is supported by a broad spectrum of annual monetary benefits to the national economy.

"The most significant benefit identified in the report was on the income that can be generated by increased labor force participation and its resulting potential to generate millions in GDP output and in additional tax base," says CUTA President/CEO Michael Roschlau.

This economic activity represents an important contributor to the vitality of communities across the country.

The report shows that the number of seniors in Canada is forecast to more than double from 4 million to 9.9 million between 2006 and 2036. From an aging population point of view, investments in accessible transit will be crucial, particularly when looking at health policy linkages. "

It will be important for decision makers across the country to view these linkages as a whole and draw insights from them to ensure proper investments are in place to support age friendly cities and communities," says Stewart.

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