Canada and Quebec support improved transit service in Quebec's capital region

QUEBEC CITY, QC, July 18, 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.

Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, and François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Capitale‑Nationale Region, today announced an investment of over $59.6 million for 32 projects for Quebec City's Réseau de transport de la Capitale, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will invest over $33.1 million in these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute over $26.5 million. The Réseau de transport de la Capitale will provide the remaining funding.

The projects made possible through this contribution include the acquisition of buses to renew the fleet and the development of regional park and ride areas. Work will also be done to refurbish articulated buses and to improve and develop computer systems to enhance information for travellers. Furthermore, studies will be conducted with a view to providing better service and addressing mobility issues.

Once completed, these projects will improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of the transit system in Quebec's capital region, 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 creating sustainable communities, while promoting economic development and the growth of the middle class. The many public transit projects announced today will help improve commute times, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the overall rider experience, thus preparing Quebec's capital region for future growth."

Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"The Government of Quebec's investment, together with those of the Government of Canada and the municipality, will greatly improve transit flow and rider experience. These many projects will contribute to Quebec's capital region's economic growth."

François Blais, Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Capitale‑Nationale Region, on behalf of Laurent Lessard, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification.

"The Réseau de transport de la Capitale wishes to acknowledge the support of the governments of Canada and Québec in the development of public transit infrastructure in the Greater Québec City area. These contributions will be used to enhance the customer experience by acquiring hybrid buses and improving its customer information systems, among other things. They will also help us to lay the groundwork for the future of our transport network and modernize infrastructure such as terminals and Parc-O-Bus."         

Rémy Normand, President of Quebec City's Réseau de transport de la Capitale

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 the Capitale-Nationale Region
Investments of more than $59.6 million

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $59,643,900 in 32 projects for the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) to improve commute times, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and grow the regional economy.

The Government of Canada is contributing $33,135,500, representing 50 percent of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $26,508,400, representing 40 percent of the total eligible costs. The Réseau de transport de la Capitale will provide the remaining funding.

List of projects

 

Project Name

Federal
Funding

Provincial
Funding

Funding
from the
RTC

Anticipated
Start Date

Bus replacements – standard buses

$15,022,500

$12,018,000

$3,004,500

April 1, 2017

Regional incentive parking

$3,554,500

$2,843,600

$710,900

April 1, 2016

Reconditioning of articulated buses

$1,829,000

$1,463,200

$365,800

April 1, 2016

Upgrade of technological infrastructure

$1,772,500

$1,418,000

$354,500

April 1, 2016

Route 7 - High service level, preliminary study

$1,474,500

$1,179,600

$294,900

April 1, 2016

Nomade Temps Réel (NTR), screens and screen installations

$1,291,500

$1,033,200

$258,300

April 1, 2016

ExpoCité station

$1,250,000

$1,000,000

$250,000

April 1, 2017

Sector priority measures for the northwest Metrobus (M804) – Drawings and specifications

$1,059,000

$847,200

$211,800

April 1, 2016

Fare sale and control system – Mobile payment

$1,000,000

$800,000

$200,000

April 1, 2017

Dispatching support system

$882,500

$706,000

$176,500

April 1, 2016

Renovation of the maintenance shop, drawings and specifications – Lebourgneuf

$593,500

$474,800

$118,700

April 1, 2016

Bus travel study

$550,000

$440,000

$110,000

April 1, 2016

Bus purchase – Midibus (1)

$412,000

$329,600

$82,400

April 1, 2017

Upgrade of lighting for the garage at the Lebourgneuf operational centre

$380,000

$304,000

$76,000

April 1, 2016

Replacement of service equipment

$272,000

$217,600

$54,400

April 1, 2017

Renewal of service vehicle fleet

$264,000

$211,200

$52,800

April 1, 2017

Geospatial data management tools

$262,500

$210,000

$52,500

April 1, 2017

Repairs at the Les Saules, Charlesbourg and Beauport stations

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

April 1, 2017

Study on vehicle positioning system

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

April 1, 2017

Study on transit development and services

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

April 1, 2016

Study and approval of a double articulated bus

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

April 1, 2016

Architecture study on traffic control

$125,000

$100,000

$25,000

April 1, 2016

Installation of a urea tank – Lebourgneuf

$106,500

$85,200

$21,300

April 1, 2016

Strategic study on fare sale and control

$82,500

$66,000

$16,500

April 1, 2016

Study on the introduction of alternative vehicles

$75,000

$60,000

$15,000

April 1, 2016

Replacement of obsolete equipment for garage infrastructure at Lebourgneuf

$69,000

$55,200

$13,800

April 1, 2017

Improvement of client information, Wi-Fi at stations

$61,500

$49,200

$12,300

April 1, 2016

Replacement of pedestrian doors – Lebourgneuf

$59,750

$47,800

$11,950

April 1, 2017

Renovation of the service department

$55,000

$44,000

$11,000

April 1, 2016

Purchase of smart power tools

$52,250

$41,800

$10,450

April 1, 2017

Isolate the line 3 and 4 sector – Lebourgneuf

$47,000

$37,600

$9,400

April 1, 2017

Replacement of two oil interceptors at the Lebourgneuf operational centre

$32,000

$25,600

$6,400

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: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Tel.: 613-219-0149; Simon Laboissonnière, Officer of the Minister of Employment and Social Solidarity and Minister Responsible for the Capitale‑Nationale Region, Tel.: 418-643-4810; 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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