Governments of Canada and Alberta invest in public transit
July 6, 2017 by Corinne Lynds
LEDUC, AB – The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced more than $733,000 for six new public transit projects. Support for the projects in four Alberta communities is through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), the provincial Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) and municipal funding. The federal government is providing more than $315,000, while the province is investing more than $317,000. Local municipalities will be responsible for the remaining costs.
“The Government of Canada is working closely with the Government of Alberta and its municipalities to invest in transit initiatives that will strengthen communities across the province by growing the middle-class, fostering long-term prosperity and getting Canadians to their daily activities on time and back home at the end of the day. The projects announced today will provide Alberta residents with affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure now and into the future,” said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
Funding will help the City of Leduc replace a specialized transit bus and upgrade bus stops with garbage/recycling units and concrete shelters. This will increase the comfort and safety of transit riders while they wait for their bus. Additional projects will rehabilitate high-capacity articulated buses in Airdrie, design and implement a transit plan for Lake Louise–Banff, and purchase a bus for local service in Spruce Grove.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Alberta for the PTIF. The projects announced today are in addition to the 49 PTIF projects announced for Alberta on September 1, 2016 and the 52 PTIF projects announced on December 3, 2016. In all, more than $930 million has been announced in federal, provincial and municipal funding for Alberta transit projects.
- The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- The Government of Canada’s Budget 2017 committed $25.3 billion to support public transit projects. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- The Government of Alberta has committed $1.3 billion over the four years for urban, rural, and regional transit to connect communities and help Albertans access affordable transportation options.
- Alberta’s transit investment aligns with the province’s Climate Leadership Plan, as transit helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by providing affordable alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles.
- Transit funding helps to improve the quality of life for Albertans by supporting safe, affordable, accessible, and environmentally sustainable transportation options.
- Transit projects improve public access to essential services, education and jobs, making lives better for Albertans.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada