Canada and Quebec support improved transit service in Trois-Rivières

TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QC, July 7, 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 François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain and Minister of International Trade, and Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism and the Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, today announced an investment of nearly $4.5 million for 20 projects for the Société de transport de Trois‑Rivières under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will provide nearly $2.5 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute nearly $2 million. The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières will provide the remaining funding.

The projects made possible through this contribution include the purchase of two hybrid buses and technologies enabling real-time communication to users. Work will also be done to improve the service centre, transfer points and accessibility throughout the system.

Once completed, these projects will improve the performance, efficiency, reliability of the Trois-Rivières transit system and make it more inclusive, in order to meet the community's immediate needs while preparing for anticipated increases in future ridership.

Quotes

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

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Member of Parliament for Saint-Maurice—Champlain and Minister of International Trade, 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 Trois-Rivières' economic growth while improving air quality and quality of life. These environmentally responsible alternatives to automobile travel will make Trois-Rivières an ideal choice for families and workers seeking a modern, sustainable and safe lifestyle."

Julie Boulet, Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region

"The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières warmly thanks the governments of Canada and Quebec for the award of these important grants, which will enable the STTR to pursue its objectives of updating the public transit service for Trois-Rivières residents'. Innovation in the development and improvement of the customer mobility experience are objectives that we are currently pursuing in the development of our new transport plan 2018. This important financial assistance will certainly help us. "

André Noël, President of the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières

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 is allocating $25.3 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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The governments of Canada and Quebec support improved transit services in Trois-Rivières
Investment of almost $4.5 million

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $4,488,300 in 20 projects for the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières to improve commute times, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and grow the regional economy.

The Government of Canada is contributing $2,493,500, representing 50 percent of the total eligible costs, and the province is providing $1,994,800, representing 40 percent of the total eligible costs. The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières will provide the remaining funding.

List of new projects

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Funding from the STTR

Anticipated Start Date

Two city buses in 2017

$1,064,000

$851,200

$212,800

April 1, 2016

ITS – Real-time client information

$435,000

$348,000

$87,000

January 1, 2017

Bus washer

$300,000

$240,000

$60,000

January 1, 2017

Preparation of a transportation plan

$120,000

$96,000

$24,000

January 1, 2017

Security for service centre and transfer points

$87,500

$70,000

$17,500

January 1, 2017

Upgrade of transfer points

$85,000

$68,000

$17,000

April 1, 2016

Bus shelters

$82,500

$66,000

$16,500

January 1, 2017

Website

$60,000

$48,000

$12,000

January 1, 2017

Work to enhance transit accessibility

$50,000

$40,000

$10,000

January 1, 2017

Bike racks

$35,000

$28,000

$7,000

January 1, 2017

Tools/equipment

$20,000

$16,000

$4,000

January 1, 2017

Radio communication equipment

$20,000

$16,000

$4,000

January 1, 2017

Software – Fuel manager

$20,000

$16,000

$4,000

January 1, 2017

Mechanical broom

$20,000

$16,000

$4,000

January 1, 2017

Service vehicle

$19,500

$15,600

$3,900

October 31, 2016

Installation of bus information panels at stops

$17,500

$14,000

$3,500

January 1, 2017

Lift truck

$17,500

$14,000

$3,500

January 1, 2017

Bus shelters across STTR system

$15,000

$12,000

$3,000

April 1, 2016

Analysis of assignment parameters

$12,500

$10,000

$2,500

April 1, 2016

Analysis of potential for reserved lanes and preferential measures

$12,500

$10,000

$2,500

January 1, 2017

 

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

 

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SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613 301-0894; Catherine Pellerin, Human Resources, Communications and Partnership Advisor, Société de transport de Trois-Rivières, 819 373-4533, ext 259; Chantal Carignan, Regional Policy Advisor, Office of the Minister of Tourism and the Minister Responsible for the Mauricie Region, 819 538-3349; For information: Media Relations, Communications Branch, Quebec Department of transport, sustainable mobility and transport electrification, Tel.: 418 644-4444, Montréal: 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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