ALBERTON, PE, Nov. 25, 2017 /CNW/ - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and access essential services on time with the ability to travel back home safely at the end of the day. The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island are making investments that will help create safe and accessible communities, create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class, while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Pat W. Murphy, Prince Edward Island Minister of Rural and Regional Development, on behalf of the Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, today announced joint federal-provincial funding for new para-transport passenger vehicles for Alberton and Charlottetown.
The new paratransit vans will be operated by Transportation West and Pat and the Elephant, two not-for-profit organizations that provide safe, accessible transportation services for seniors and residents with mobility challenges.
Transportation West will purchase a new 12 passenger van as well as an accessible paratransit van that will both be equipped with back-up cameras, running boards, hand bars and non-slip mats. Pat and the Elephant is adding a new van to their fleet which will help transport people with disabilities. Once these vehicles are in circulation, they will provide improved transportation services for local residents, increasing the capacity for safe and convenient transportation for physically challenged residents, as well as supporting Islanders' independence and autonomy.
"Investing in public transit infrastructure and supporting paratransit services make it possible to develop safe, accessible transit networks and service extensions that transform the way that Canadians live, move and work."
Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"The Province of Prince Edward Island recognizes that helping to build capacity and mobility in our communities has positive economic and social effects that enhance the quality of life for Islanders and we will continue to make investments in public and paratransit."
The Honourable Pat W. Murphy, Prince Edward Island Minister of Rural and Regional Development, on behalf of the Honourable Paula Biggar, Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy
- The Government of Canada is contributing $63,225 for these projects through the Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund (PTIC-SCF), with the Province of Prince Edward Island contributing an equal amount.
- 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.
Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Prince Edward Island: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/pe-eng.html
New Building Canada Fund – Provincial-Territorial Infrastructure Component – Small Communities Fund (PTIC-SCF): http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/sc-cp-eng.html
Smart Cities Challenge: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/cities-villes-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]; April Gallant, Senior Communications Officer, Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy, 902-368-5112, [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]