The Government of Canada invests in public transit for healthier, more liveable communities in Quebec



    OTTAWA, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $116.3 million
in funding for capital investments to improve public transit in Quebec through
the Public Transit Capital Trust, which was announced in Budget 2008.
    "The Government of Canada is taking decisive action to support public
transit in the country. Funding for transit has greatly increased in recent
years, currently reaching over $1 billion per year. Sound investments in
public transit can improve mobility and help get people out of their cars,
which reduces traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution,"
added Minister Cannon. "In addition to the environmental value, these
investments benefit the economy and quality of life in cities and
communities."
    "Quebec plans to use its $116.3 million share of the Public Transit
Capital Trust announced in Budget 2008 for infrastructure improvements to
public transit systems in several Quebec cities and regions. This includes
$20 million for infrastructure work in the vicinity of the Dorval roundabout
to improve public transit between downtown Montreal and the Montreal West
Island," said Quebec Minister of Transport Julie Boulet.
    Budget 2008 announced that $500 million would be provided to continue to
support public transit infrastructure projects across Canada. Funding will be
paid into a third-party trust, allocated on a provincial-territorial per
capita basis and used towards priority projects. The Public Transit Capital
Trust 2008 will be used for projects such as rapid transit, rail, transit
buses, and high-occupancy vehicle and bicycle lanes. The funds will be
delivered in trust to the Province of Quebec once legislation has been passed.
    Quebec will have the flexibility to draw from the funding as needed over
the next two years. The beneficiaries are also encouraged to report publicly
on the expenditures financed through the trust and on outcomes achieved.
    This trust is in addition to the long-term funding available for public
transit projects under the government's $33-billion Building Canada
Infrastructure Plan, including the Gas Tax Fund, which was made permanent in
Budget 2008.




For further information:

For further information: Catherine Loubier, Director of Communications,
Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa,
(613) 991-0700; Daniel Desharnais, Office of the Quebec Minister of Transport,
(418) 643-6980; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055;
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