Better public transit for the Central Fraser Valley thanks to federal and provincial funding
July 19, 2016 by On-Site Magazine
Safe, modern and efficient public infrastructure ensures the well-being of British Columbia communities. The governments of Canada and British Columbia are committed to supporting infrastructure that helps get people to good paying jobs and back to their families after a hard day’s work.
The Member of Parliament for Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon, Jati Sidhu, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the MLA for Abbotsford West, Michael de Jong, were accompanied by the Mayor of Abbotsford, Henry Braun, and the Mayor of Mission, Randy Hawes, today, to announce the BC Transit projects that will benefit the Abbotsford and Mission communities.
For Abbotsford and Mission, this means the addition of modern buses with improved technology, including closed circuit TV to improve the safety of passengers and drivers, real-time information for accuracy and precision, and automatic passenger counters that will enable BC Transit to optimize service delivery based on gathered data.
“Public infrastructure connects people, supports job creation, and boosts economic development. This is why the Government of Canada is providing unprecedented funding for public infrastructure projects that will help grow the middle class and promote sustainable development and long-term prosperity in communities across the country. By financing projects like the Central Fraser Valley Transit operations and maintenance facility, and other BC transit projects, we will build the Canada of the 21st century and ensure a high quality of life for generations to come,” said Sidhu.
Abbotsford and Mission are also set to receive a boost to transit infrastructure with a new and expanded Central Fraser Valley Transit operations and maintenance facility that will support a fleet of cleaner burning compressed natural gas (CNG) buses. The $28 million project will position Abbotsford and Mission to meet a growing demand for transit in addition to improving operational efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Today’s announcement follows the recent signature of a bilateral agreement with British Columbia that will result in more than $900 million being invested by the Government of Canada, British Columbia, and municipalities, in public transit projects across the province.
- Federal funding of these projects comes from the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, part of Phase 1 of Investing in Canada that will provide over $10 billion in immediate investments to support public transit systems, green infrastructure projects, and social infrastructure projects. Details on Phase 2 of Investing in Canada will be announced over the next year.
- BC Transit will continue to work with local governments to identify additional projects for funding consideration.
- In partnership with local governments, BC Transit provides access to public transit to more than 1.6 million British Columbians in 130 communities outside Metro Vancouver. As a result of the Province’s commitment to transit in B.C., communities with as few as 1,000 people have access to transit, making BC Transit a unique service for smaller communities anywhere in Canada.
- The province currently provides the highest level of operating support, per capita, for transit in Canada.