CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI, April 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy for Prince Edward Island, today announced $336,246 in joint funding for upgrades to the T3 Transit fleet and related infrastructure under the federal government's Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
The funding will allow T3 Transit to adapt ten recently purchased buses to include technology that enables users to plan and track their journeys in real-time. It will also go towards new bus shelters and improved routing and shelter signage.
This work will greatly improve the efficiency, safety and user experience for transit for riders in Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford, creating a more inclusive and sustainable transit system in Prince Edward Island for years to come.
"I'm very pleased to see how this funding program is being put to work for the benefit of Island transit users. Making sure people can get where they need to go safely, efficiently and comfortably is fundamental to economic growth and creating inclusive communities where everyone has access to opportunity."
Sean Casey, Member of Parliament for Charlottetown, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Public transit is an environmentally-responsible mode of transportation and an especially important service for those in financial need. We are pleased to partner with the federal government and municipalities in supporting upgrades to this vital service."
The Honourable Paula Biggar, Prince Edward Island Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
"This funding will allow us to modernize the T3 Transit fleet and enhance the user experience. We continue to work with our municipal partners and look at ways we can increase ridership and meet the needs of our current users. On behalf of City Council we thank the Federal and Provincial Governments for their financial support to make these necessary upgrades possible."
Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown
"This investment in innovation will not only improve the experience for current transit riders, but it will also attract new riders, which will in turn help to sustain the transit system and reduce greenhouse gas emissions"
David Dunphy, Mayor of Stratford
"On behalf of the Town of Cornwall and Cornwall Council, we are very pleased with the investment in public transit undertaken by our funding partners in the Government of Canada and the Province of PEI. New public transit infrastructure ensures residents have access to safe, affordable and efficient transit services, now and in the future."
Councillor Peter Meggs, on behalf of Mayor Minerva McCourt
- The Government of Canada is contributing $224,164 to the second phase of the project, representing 50 percent of the total eligible costs. The Government of Prince Edward Island is providing $112,082, representing 25 percent. The remaining costs are being split between the municipalities of Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford.
- This project is one of three public transit projects in Prince Edward Island announced on August 3, 2016, with the signing of the Canada‒Prince Edward Island agreement for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
- To support public transit, Budget 2017 proposes $25.3 billion. This amount includes $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan in Budget 2017: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2017/docs/plan/chap-02-en.html#Toc477707375
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html.
Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php.
New Building Canada Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/nbcp-npcc-eng.html.
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Ron Ryder, Senior Communications Officer, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, 902-368-5112, [email protected]; Jennifer Gavin, Communications Officer, City of Charlottetown, 902-629-4102, [email protected]; Erin Clarke, Community Engagement Coordinator, Town of Stratford, 902-569-1995, [email protected]; Kevin McCarville, Chief Administrative Officer, Town of Cornwall, 902-566-2354, [email protected]; Mike Cassidy, T3 Transit Owner, 902-393-0139; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, [email protected]