BRACEBRIDGE, 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 Glenn Thibeault, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation, and His Worship Graydon Smith, Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge, today announced $131,000 in funding for a project that will support the growth and efficiency of Bracebridge's public transit system and improve transit rider experience.
The Government of Canada is providing up to $50,000 through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund for this project while the Corporation of the Town of Bracebridge is providing the remaining costs.
The funding will be used to install bus stop pads, benches, bus lay-bys, and shelters. Not only will this project improve passenger accessibility and safety, it will also help streamline the Town's daily bus operations.
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 Bracebridge 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
"Better funding for public transit helps Northern communities like Bracebridge get people where they need to go. With support from the Ontario gas tax program, the town was able to put its first accessible bus into service just over a year ago. This new funding from our federal and municipal partners will help even more people to Ride the Wave."
The Honourable Glenn Thibeault, Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation
"On behalf of the Town of Bracebridge and Council, I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for its investment in our local public transit infrastructure which assists us in providing this much-needed service for the community."
His Worship Graydon Smith, Mayor of the Town of Bracebridge
- 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]; Walt Schmid, P. Eng., Director of Public Works, Public Works Department, Town of Bracebridge, 705-645-6319 ext. 230, Email: [email protected]; Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]