The Government of Canada supports improved public transit in Saint John



    SAINT JOHN, Dec. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Residents of the City of Saint John
will benefit from the construction of a new Transit Operations Centre made
possible through federal funding of up to $8.1 million from the Public Transit
Capital Trust.
    The announcement was made today by the Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister
of Veterans Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, and by the Honourable Roly
MacIntyre, New Brunswick Minister of Supply and Services and Minister
responsible for the Regional Development Corporation, and Norm McFarlane,
Mayor of Saint John.
    The new storage facility, which is expected to be approximately 115,000
square feet, was identified as a priority at the local level. The facility
will be capable of storing 64 buses and will be constructed in such a fashion
as to ensure that it can easily be expanded. The facility will be designed and
built to last and to meet transit needs for the next 50 years in Saint John.
The design will meet the standards of Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED).
    "Efficient public transit is a priority for our government and for
Canadians. That's why public transit is one of the key components of our new
$33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan," said Minister Thompson. "The
investment announced today will provide the city of Saint John with
much-needed public transit infrastructure, and allow Saint John Transit to
provide service more efficiently."
    The Public Transit Capital Trust (PTCT) is a one-time payment of $900
million, paid into a third party trust, to provinces and territories. The PTCT
is meant to support capital investments in public transit infrastructure. The
Province of New Brunswick received $20.7 million through this initiative. In
addition, the federal government also provided $400 million to provinces and
territories through the Public Transit Fund for public transit infrastructure,
of which $9.4 million has been allocated to New Brunswick.
    "The provincial government is a strong supporter of projects such as this
important one for Saint John Transit Commission," said Minister MacIntyre.
"This new transit operations centre will help enhance the quality of service
for users and the quality of life for the workers."
    "With anticipation of the new building for Transit, this funding from the
government will enable us to build a new structure with costs being shared by
all levels of government," said Mayor McFarlane.
    Funding for public transit is one component of the partnership
investments Canada's Government is making in infrastructure. Through its
unprecedented $33-billion Building Canada infrastructure plan, the Government
of Canada will provide long-term, stable and predictable funding to help meet
infrastructure needs across Canada. Building Canada will support a stronger,
safer and better country.




For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, (613) 991-0700;
Infrastructure Canada: (613) 948-1148; Bruce Macfarlane, Regional Development
Corporation, (506) 444-4606


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