Canada and Quebec support improved transit service in Longueuil

LONGUEUIL, QC, July 6, 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.

Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil‒Charles-LeMoyne, and Nicole Ménard, Chair of the Quebec Government Caucus, today announced an investment of more than $62.4 million for 34 projects for the Réseau de transport de Longueuil under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will provide nearly $34.7 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute more than $27.7 million. The Réseau de transport de Longueuil will provide the remaining funds.

The projects made possible through this contribution include the purchase of 40 hybrid buses, 30 of which will be used on bus route 90 to replace buses that are at the end of their service life. Work will also be done to improve operation and maintenance centres, provide information access systems and Wi-Fi on buses, and make vehicles and stations more accessible to those with reduced mobility.

Once completed, these projects will make the Longueuil public transit network more reliable, effective and inclusive, meeting the community's immediate needs while preparing for anticipated ridership increases in the future.

Quotes

"These public transit projects will help improve commute times and enhance the overall experience of South Shore users, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Having an efficient, reliable and efficient transit system is essential to the quality of life of the residents of the South Shore and the growth of our region. This is a priority issue for the population, and today, through these investments, our government is responding! ".

Sherry Romanado, Member of Parliament for Longueuil—Charles-LeMoyne, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The Government of Quebec's investment, together with that of the Government of Canada and the municipalities, will greatly improve transit fluidity and the user experience. These many projects will contribute to Longueuil's economic growth while improving air quality and quality of life. These environmentally responsible alternatives to automobile travel will make Longueuil an ideal choice for families and workers seeking a modern, sustainable and safe lifestyle."

Nicolas Ménard, Chair of the Quebec Government Caucus, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"We welcome this announcement, which demonstrates our agreement on the importance and urgency of prioritizing public transport. The investments announced today are timely and will help us make a difference in the fight against climate change."

Caroline St-Hilaire, Mayor of Longueuil

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, Budget 2017 proposes $25.3 billion. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • Over the next ten 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 details and list of projects

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

Backgrounder

The governments of Canada and Quebec support better public transit services in Longueuil
Investments of more than $62.4 million

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $62,455,667 in 34 projects for the Réseau de transport de Longueuil to improve commute times, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and grow the Canadian economy.

The Government of Canada is contributing $34,697,593, representing 50 percent of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $27,758,074, representing 40 percent of the total eligible costs. The Réseau de transport de Longueuil will provide the remaining funding.

The 34 projects are under way, which will all be completed by March 2019.

List of new projects

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Funding from the Réseau de transport

 Purchase 31 buses in 2017 for Route 90

$14,500,000

$11,600,000

$2,900,000

Purchase 15 buses in 2017

$6,750,000

$5,400,000

$1,350,000

Saint-Hubert operations centre – Major repairs (drawings, bay and part of the roof)

$3,596,000

$2,876,800

$719,200

Vieux-Longueil operations centre – Priority work

$1,976,500

$1,581,200

$395,300

Development of the De Mortagne incentive parking lot

$1,346,000

$1,076,800

$269,200

Operational suppot and traveller information system – Chrono solution (Phase 1)

$1,062,500

$850,000

$212,500

Purchase, experimentation and deployment planning for 30-foot electric buses

$963,500

$770,800

$192,700

Access to Saint-Hubert station terminal via Patrick Street and the Vauquelin reserved lane

$706,500

$565,200

$141,300

Sainr-Hubert operations centre – Urgent work – Deficiencies

$637,580

$510,064

$127,516

Radio communication system

$517,148

$413,718

$103,430

Study on integrating a structuring mode of transportation on Taschereau

$301,000

$240,800

$60,200

Development program for reserved lanes and preferential measures for buses

$212,500

$170,000

$42,500

Replacement of 7 garage doors at the Saint-Hubert operations centre (2016-17)

$194,816

$155,853

$38,963

Service improvement plan

$194,800

$155,840

$38,960

Use of smart card data in the STAD system for planning and indicator calculation purposes

$177,000

$141,600

$35,400

Universal access – Adaptation of 2011 series buses

$170,000

$136,000

$34,000

Wi-Fi for clients travelling on buses (Phase 1)

$138,150

$110,520

$27,630

Equipment upgrade program

$137,434

$109,947

$27,487

Purchase and installation of passenger counting systems ahead of SAEIV deployment (Phase 1)

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

Transit improvement plan for the 2020 horizon

$124,000

$99,200

$24,800

Implementation of an infrastructure upgrade program due to lack of maintenance

$123,950

$99,160

$24,790

Installation of lifelines at the Longueuil and Saint-Hubert operations centres

$122,000

$97,600

$24,400

Development of a strategy to improve bus service for recreational and tourism sites

$106,500

$85,200

$21,300

Upgrade of the fuel system (AG)

$100,000

$80,000

$20,000

IT contingency system (Phase 1)

$67,500

$54,000

$13,500

Installation of passenger counting systems on buses (SAEIV)

$67,300

$53,840

$13,460

Pilot project for timetable deployment at bus stops (100 stops)

$60,200

$48,160

$12,040

RTL Compagnon pilot project

$49,590

$39,672

$9,918

IT improvements – Decision-support tools for operations

$35,250

$28,200

$7,050

Technological update of the RTL website

$31,875

$25,500

$6,375

Upgrade of teh RTL control centre camera system and/or access at the Longueuil station

$31,150

$24,920

$6,230

Replacement of a service vehicle – Commissioner

$31,000

$24,800

$6,200

Replacement of two fare collection safes

$25,500

$20,400

$5,100

Client needs assessment using cellular data

$15,350

$12,280

$3,070

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894; Hélène Houle, Political Attaché, Office of the Chair of the Quebec Government Caucus, 450-672-1885; For information: Infrastructure Canada, 613‑960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: media@infc.gc.ca, Twitter: @INFC_eng, Website: Infrastructure Canada; Media Relations, Communications Branch, Ministry of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, Montreal: 514-873-5600, Toll-free number: 1-866-341-5724

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