EDMONTON, April 13, 2018 /CNW/ - Edmontonians will soon see new additions to the city's transit fleet that will help improve commute times, reduce emissions and lay the foundation for economic growth and job creation.
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation for Alberta, and Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, announced more than $43 million in joint funding to purchase up to 40 new electric buses for the Edmonton Transit Service.
For the city, adding these energy-efficient buses will reduce costs and harmful emissions, promoting a greener way of life for all Edmontonians.
"Public transit infrastructure funding allows communities to build the new urban transit networks and service extensions they need to keep pace with the way Canadians live, move and work now and into the future. I am so pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in these new electric buses, which will not only decrease air pollution but improve services so Edmontonians can spend less time in transit and more time with their families."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"We're investing in transportation options that make Edmontonians' lives better. That means folks will have more time to spend with their family, rather than sitting in traffic. We are making it easier for people to get work, visit their friends and enjoy this beautiful city. Green buses and Edmonton's LRT system means cleaner air, better jobs and a more connected city."
Brian Mason, Minister of Transportation for Alberta
"Today's investment is a recognition from the Government of Canada and the Province that cities play a critical role in addressing climate change. The electrification of our bus fleet will allow us to accelerate our leadership on energy transition and reduce Edmonton's overall carbon footprint."
Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton
- The Government of Canada is providing more than $21.5 million for this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Alberta is contributing approximately $10.8 million of GreenTRIP funding, and the City of Edmonton is providing more than $10.8 million.
- 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.
- On April 3, 2018 the governments of Canada and Alberta announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $3.3 billion in federal funding to the province over the next decade. The City of Edmonton will receive up to $877,984,551 under its public transit stream.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-eng.html
GreenTRIP - http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5409.htm
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
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