DARTMOUTH, NS, June 8, 2018 /CNW/ - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation 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.
Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Sam Austin, Councillor for Dartmouth Centre, for the Halifax Regional Municipality, and Brendan Maguire, Member of Legislative Assembly for Halifax Atlantic, today announced up to $5.6 million in joint federal-municipal funding for projects to improve Halifax Transit infrastructure and service.
The federal government is providing over $2.1 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Halifax Regional Municipality will provide the remainder of funding.
Projects include improvements to the Halifax and Alderney Landing Ferry Terminal pontoons and the purchase of eight conventional buses. Pontoon improvements include replacing fenders, maintaining weather-tight seals and repainting key areas, ensuring the continued function and safety of pontoons and allowing passengers to transfer between the ferry and terminal safely. The addition of new buses ensures that the Halifax Transit bus fleet remains in a state of good repair and meets ridership needs.
Both projects will improve Halifax Transit passenger experience and increase operational efficiency for a more sustainable transit system.
"Upgrades to public transit infrastructure makes it possible for Canadian communities to provide modern, efficient and reliable services that transform the way Canadians live, move and work. The Government of Canada is proud to invest in the Halifax and Dartmouth Alderney Landing Ferry Terminal renovations and the purchase of new buses. These projects will provide improved service and a better commuting experience for thousands of transit customers, every day."
Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament for Dartmouth—Cole Harbour, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Public transit is vital infrastructure for large urban centres. I applaud HRM and Halifax Transit for their ongoing efforts to improve their transit system both with their work refurbishing the pontoons and the purchase of the new conventional buses."
Brendan Maguire, Member of Legislative Assembly for Halifax Atlantic
"Investments in Halifax Transit are investments in the environment and the economy, serving to make the public transit choice easier for everyone."
Sam Austin, Councillor for Dartmouth Centre, Halifax Regional Municipality
- The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $28.7 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- These investments complement the Atlantic Growth Strategy, a 2-year federal-provincial action plan aimed at stimulating economic growth in the region through five priority areas:
- Skilled workforce/Immigration;
- Clean growth and climate change;
- Trade and investment;
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ns-eng.html
Atlantic Growth Strategy: http://www.acoa-apeca.gc.ca/ags-sca/Eng/atlantic-growth.html
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Kate Monfette, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-301-0894, [email protected]; Krista Higdon, Nova Scotia Department of Municipal Affairs, 902-220-6619, [email protected]; Nick Ritcey, Senior Communications Advisor, Halifax Regional Municipality, 902-490-5057, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]