Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu benefits from over $1 million for expansion of park-and-ride lot

Project possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund and the Government of Quebec

SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, March 23, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, and Stéphane Billette, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, on behalf of Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, are pleased to announce that the expansion of the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu's park-and-ride lot is now complete thanks to $1,025,413, from the federal Gas Tax Fund and a contribution from the Government of Quebec.

The City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu used the financial assistance to expand and upgrade the park-and-ride lot, which includes 200 parking spaces for transit users, such as handicapped spaces, reserved parking for pregnant women, spaces for hybrid vehicles, and bicycle racks.  The funds also allowed the city to add a vehicle charging station for those using public transit.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides long-term, stable and predictable funding to help Canadian municipalities build and revitalize their local infrastructure while creating jobs and promoting long-term prosperity.

The federal Gas Tax Fund was extended and doubled to $2 billion per year, indexed at 2% annually and legislated as a permanent source of federal infrastructure funding for municipalities.

Quick Facts

  • This project was funded thanks to the federal Gas Tax Fund as well as a contribution from the Government of Quebec's Capital Assistance Program for Public Transit.
  • The funding from the federal Gas Tax Fund, together with a portion of Quebec's contribution, will be administered by the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL).

Quotes

"Our government is proud to be providing Canadian municipalities, such as the City of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, with predictable, long-term funding to help them build and revitalize their infrastructure while creating jobs and fostering long-term prosperity. The federal Gas Tax fund supports economic growth from coast to coast and will help ensure the quality of life in Canadian communities remains among the best in the world."

The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"The future of public transit depends first and foremost on maintaining and upgrading existing infrastructure and equipment. With a view to sustainable mobility, we are investing today to ensure benefits for tomorrow; we are contributing to a more mobile population while reducing traffic congestion and its associated effects."

Stéphane Billette, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon, on behalf of Robert Poëti, Quebec Minister of Transport and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region

Related Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html

To view the new Gas Tax Fund Administrative Agreement between Canada and Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/agreements-ententes/gtf-fte/2014-qc-eng.html

Programme d'aide aux immobilisations en transport en commun (financial assistance program for public transit) of the Société de financement des infrastructures locales du Québec (SOFIL) and associated terms and conditions: http://www.mtq.gouv.qc.ca/partenairesprives/entreprisesservicestransportroutier/programmes-aide/Pages/Transport-collectif-personnes-SOFIL.aspx  (available in French only)

 

SOURCE Cabinet du ministre des Transports

For further information: Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, 613-943-1838; Valérie Rodrigue, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Transport, and Minister Responsible for the Montréal Region, 418-643-6980; Communications Directorate, Quebec Department of Transport, Québec City: 418-644-4444, Montreal: 514-873-5600, Toll-free: 1-866-341-5724; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, media@infc.gc.ca, Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng

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