Canada and Quebec support improved transit service in Lévis

LÉVIS, QC, July 21, 2017 /CNW/ - The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that investing in public transit infrastructure is crucial to economic growth, reducing pollution and creating inclusive communities where everyone has access to public services and job opportunities.

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Québec, and Dominique Vien, Minister Responsible for Labour, Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, and Member of the National Assembly for Bellechasse, today announced an investment of more than $5.1 million in three Société de transport de Lévis projects under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will provide over $2.8 million for these projects and the Government of Quebec will contribute nearly $2.3 million. The Société de transport de Lévis will provide the remaining funding.

The projects made possible by this contribution include the purchase of three hybrid buses, preliminary studies, plans and specifications for a new service centre at the Lagueux Terminal, and the expansion of the operations centre garage. Once completed, these projects will improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of the transit system in Lévis, as well as make it more inclusive, meeting the community's immediate needs while preparing for anticipated increases in future ridership.  

Quotes

"The Government of Canada is investing in projects that contribute to building sustainable communities, while promoting economic development and the growth of the middle class. The public transit projects announced today will help improve commute times, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the overall user experience, preparing the City of Lévis for future growth."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Member of Parliament for Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The investments Quebec is making in public transit infrastructure—in collaboration with the Government of Canada and municipalities—will improve transit circulation and services. These projects will contribute to Lévis' economic growth while improving air quality and the quality of life. These environmentally responsible alternatives to car travel will make Lévis an ideal choice for families and workers seeking a modern, convenient and safe lifestyle."

Dominique Vien, Minister Responsible for Labour and Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"The Société de transport de Lévis is sincerely grateful to the governments of Canada and Quebec for their financial contributions, which will cover 90% of the project costs. It represents an exceptional opportunity for us to not only stabilize the services we offer, but also to pursue further development."

Michel Patry, President of the Société de transport de Lévis

Quick Facts

  • 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.
  • To support public transit, the Government of Canada's 2017 Budget allocates $23.5 billion. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • Over the next 10 years, the Government of Quebec plans to invest more than $91.1 billion from the province's infrastructure plan in health, education and transportation, in order to improve families' quality of life and create conditions that support innovation and economic growth.

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Financial information and project list

Backgrounder

The governments of Canada and Quebec support better public transit services in Lévis
Investments of more than $5.1 million

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $5,143,500 in three projects for the Société de transport de Lévis (ST Lévis) to improve commute times, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and grow the regional economy.

The Government of Canada is contributing $2,857,500, representing 50 percent of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $2,286,000, representing 40 percent of the total eligible costs. The Société de transport de Lévis (STL) will provide the remaining funding.

List of projects

 

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Funding from the ST Lévis

Anticipated Start Date

Purchase of three hybrid buses or midibuses for 2017

$1,282,500

$1,026,000

$256,500

April 1, 2017

Preliminary studies, plans and specifications for a new service centre at the Lagueux station

$825,000

$660,000

$165,000

April 1, 2016

Expansion of the operations centre garage

$750,000

$600,000

$150,000

April 1, 2016

 

Associated Links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html

Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php

Quebec Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/17-18/infrastructuresPubliquesQuebec.pdf

Twitter: @INFC_eng 
Website: Infrastructure Canada

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Contacts: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Florent Tanlet, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister Responsible for Labour, Office of the Minister Responsible for the Chaudière-Appalaches Region, Tel.: 418-643-8098; For information: Media Relations, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Tel.: 418-644-4444, Montreal: 514-873-5600, Toll free: 1-866-341-5724; Infrastructure Canada, Tel.: 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

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