LASALLE, ON, Jan. 19, 2018 /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 Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation, and His Worship Ken Antaya, Mayor of the Town of LaSalle, today announced $200,000 in funding for a new transit project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund that will benefit the residents of LaSalle. The Government of Canada is providing up to $55,262 and the Town of LaSalle is providing the remaining project costs.
The Town of LaSalle will install 95 bus stops, complete with concrete/asphalt waiting areas and signage. There will be approximately 20 weather shelters installed as well. The new transit stops will improve rider accessibility and safety, as well as support daily transit operations. Moreover, the stops will support the growing need for public transit in LaSalle and provide connections to the Windsor transit system.
This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
"The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to where they need to go. This project will make LaSalle a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable town, and contribute to ensuring that our communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"I am pleased that the federal government shares our commitment to connecting communities and investing in public transit in the Town of LaSalle and across Ontario. This funding will help to accommodate the growing demand for transit services and infrastructure that improve accessibility, safety and quality of life for our commuters in this region."
The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation
"LaSalle launched our transit service in September 2017, and we have experienced positive support from our community. We are pleased to receive funding from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund to help us build shelters in key locations in our municipality. We are honouring a commitment to our progressive community by providing transit service."
His Worship Ken Antaya, Mayor of the Town of LaSalle
- 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.
- $25.3 billion of this funding will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Since 2004, the Government of Ontario has committed $4.1 billion to municipalities across the province through the provincial gas tax program. This funding supports municipal transit systems.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ Investing in Canada plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
*New* – Investing in Canada plan project map: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gmap-gcarte/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Ontario: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/on-eng.html
The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php
Building Ontario - Infrastructure Plan: https://www.ontario.ca/page/building-ontario
SOURCE Infrastructure Canada
For further information: Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-219-0149, [email protected]; Celso Pereira, Minister's Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, 647-201-9348, [email protected]; Dawn Hadre, Corporate Communication and Promotions Officer, Town of LaSalle, 519-969-7770, ext. 1253, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]