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Alberta’s public transit to get $500 million boost


December 5, 2016
By Government of Alberta

December 5, 2016 – The governments of Canada and Alberta have announced new funding for 89 public transit projects across the province, for a total investment of more than $500 million.

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, and Joe Ceci, Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, announced $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding – just over $132.9 million – while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of $58 million.

In addition, Alberta announced a further $156.5 million in GreenTRIP funding for 37 projects and is providing up to two-thirds of the cost for those projects. Municipalities will provide the balance of $79.2 million, for a total of $235.7 million.

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The list of new public transit projects includes significant investments in Calgary for critical work to support the city’s Green Line LRT corridor.

It also includes other important projects, such as the design and construction of bus bay turnouts and shelters in Fort McMurray that will provide a safe location for passengers to board and disembark buses away from the flow of traffic, and the replacement of buses in Strathcona County, achieving 100 per cent accessibility for this municipality’s transit fleet ahead of schedule, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day. We are very pleased to announce new public transit projects, which will help make municipalities across Alberta stronger, more inclusive and sustainable, while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family,” said Sohi.

These projects are in addition to the 49 public transit projects announced for Alberta on Sept.1, 2016 as part of the signing of the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement.