QC: The STM receives Gold level distinction in sustainable development from the American Public Transportation Association

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) is proud to announce that its sustainable development process has been recognized with the awarding of Gold Level Distinction in the “Sustainability Commitment” program by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA).

Messrs. Philippe Schnobb, Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Carl Desrosiers, Chief Executive Officer, received this distinction from Mr. Michael P. Melaniphy, President and Chief Executive Officer of APTA. Also present were Mr. Aref Salem, member of the Executive Committee of the Ville de Montréal responsible for transportation, as well as Mr. Robert Poëti, Quebec’s Transport Minister. The presentation took place this morning at the Palais des congrès de Montréal as part of APTA’s 2014 Rail Conference, organized this year by the STM and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT).

“We are proud to receive this very prestigious recognition from our peers. In fact, the STM submitted its candidature for this program because it constitutes the principal evaluation process for commitment in this area. The STM thus joins the select group of 10 transportation companies in North America to have received this recognition. The awarding of the Gold Level in the APTA program confirms the leadership role that the STM plays in its milieu,” declared Mr. Philippe Schnobb.

“This honour bears out the relevance of our actions and of our Sustainable Development Plan 2020. Our peers recognize the significant efforts undertaken throughout the company, in particular the use of biodiesel for the entire bus fleet, responsible purchasing practices and the construction of the Stinson bus garage, which is aiming for LEED Gold certification. This recognition will help reinforce employee mobilization,” added Mr. Carl Desrosiers.

APTA’s 2014 Rail Conference is the largest gathering of common rail carriers in North America and of the business community in this sector. It also represents a unique opportunity for Canadian and American members to get together and share their knowledge and experiences. This event, bringing together some 1,000 participants, is taking place from June 15 to 18, 2014.

It should be noted that in 2009 the STM received the award as best transit company in North America. This prize was awarded by APTA for the excellent results the company achieved in terms of effectiveness and efficiency between 2007 and 2009.