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Sector committees

The ATUQ’s public transportation member organizations have set up several sector committees in order to discuss issues of common concern. These committees promote the exchange of expertise and the improvement of the transportation organizations’ performance. Each committee is comprised of representatives from each of the nine ATUQ member organizations.

Purchasing committee

This committee’s role is to oversee the sharing of supply management tools, processes, knowledge and expertise, in order to create added value for each of the transportation organizations. Group purchasing also allows substantial costs savings with respect to the acquisition of goods and services (tires, spare parts for buses, oil, etc.).

Benchmarking committee

Benchmarking is a management and ongoing improvement tool designed for the public transportation organizations. The purpose of this committee is to compare production and productivity data, analyze the discrepancies and, in light of these findings, exchange information on best practices adopted. Each year since 2004, the nine transportation organizations have taken part in this activity; focusing specifically on organizational-controlled bus services (any data concerning the metro and sub-contracted transportation and paratransit services is not included).

Paratransit committee

Above all, this committee provides a forum for the exchange of information on best practices. Committee members work closely with government partners and make recommendations, especially with regard to strategic issues. They are also called upon to examine different operational problems and to identify potential solutions, in order to provide ongoing service improvement in this field of activity.

Sustainable development committee

This committee has been mandated to promote sustainable development among member organizations. More specifically, the committee is responsible for developing tools designed to raise the public transportation organizations’ awareness and sense of responsibility with respect to sustainable development challenges, foster the sharing of related knowledge and best practices, and support transportation organizations that are willing to adopt a sustainable development approach.

Maintenance committee

The maintenance committee is a forum for sharing and exchanging information on best practices adopted in its sphere of activity. By bringing together experts in this field, its primary aim is to ensure a technology watch.

Planning and operational committee

The mandate of this committee is to promote discussions between the transportation organizations’ planning and operational directorates. The committee encourages the sharing of information on projects of common interest and the development of tools and methods, so that each organization may benefit from best practices and a variety of experiences.

Commercialization and marketing committee

The primary objective of this committee is the exchange and sharing of communication and marketing experiences between transportation organizations, in an effort to improve the promotion of public transit in Quebec. The committee also allows the organizations to remain up to date on results achieved following their respective campaigns, studies and experiences.

Human resources committee

This committee’s mission is to provide a forum for the exchange of information on best practices adopted in the various human resources sectors (labour relations, health and security, staffing, compensation, training, organizational development, etc.). It also serves as a consultative and production tool within the context of specific mandates and contributes to the ongoing improvement of the transportation organizations’ performance, in particular through the sharing of specific information and development tools.

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) committee

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) represent a new frontier in technological development and they have become an integral part of the public transportation landscape. To date, many public transportation organizations have introduced or will be introducing these “intelligent” technologies. The ITS committee’s main mandate is to ensure the sharing and exchange of views with respect to intelligent technologies currently available on the market and to assess the impacts and expected results following their implementation. The committee also ensures a technology watch specifically aimed at this new approach.

Secretaries’ committee

This committee’s objective is the sharing of information and the related interpretation of all proposed and existing legal provisions as well as of adjudicative law. The committee also acts as legal advisor for ATUQ members, its personnel or its various appointed groups, by releasing legal opinions and advice and drafting contracts or legal provisions.

Security committee

Road safety laws, regulations, standards and policies are a constant preoccupation for each of the transportation organizations, due to their major impacts on service delivery from an operational and cost-related perspective. To that effect, the security committee provides the necessary support. It is also important to emphasize the extent to which ATUQ members are involved, whether it be as participants in the Quebec Road Safety Task Force or in the government industry task force on the safety of heavy vehicles, among others.

Treasury committee

This committee has been mandated to debate and collaborate with respect to issues or topics falling within the responsibility of transportation organizations’ treasurers. The majority of the topics covered are of a financial nature. The committee is responsible for the following: analysis and examination of financial data, performance and management indicators, taxes, financial frameworks, law enforcement, general insurance, pension funds and business process review.

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