Province announces that starting today municipalities can apply for funding for new transit projects - but they are only putting up one third of the money.

News 100 yellowBy Staff

June 22, 2019

BURLINGTON, ON

 

Starting today, 11 municipalities across the GTHA can apply for funding to support new transit projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Public Transit Stream. These projects, including the five transit projects nominated in Toronto and York Region in May could unlock up to $12.45 billion in federal and provincial funding.

The eligible municipalities that can apply for funding are Brampton, Burlington, Durham Region, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, Mississauga, Oakville, Peel Region, Toronto and York Region.

Applications for funding will close on October 24, 2019.

One of the new buses added o the Burlington Transit fleet. There were busses that had more than 15 years on their tires - those old ones certainly rattled down Guelph Line when I was on one of them.

Federal and provincial governments are handing out millions for new transit services – Burlington qualifies for funding.

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program is a $30-billion, 10-year infrastructure program cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments. Ontario’s share per project will be up to 33.33 per cent, or $10.2 billion spread across four streams: Rural and Northern, Public Transit, Green, and Community, Culture and Recreation.

Ontario is currently reviewing over 200 applications received by more than 50 municipalities for transit projects outside the GTHA.

The government also nominated 15 major transit projects in the City of Toronto, Region of York and City of London to the federal government for approval, as well as 144 road, bridge, air and marine infrastructure projects under the Rural and Northern stream.

Sue Conner

Director of Transit Sue Connor

Burlington Director of Transit Sue Connor has said on more than one occasion that she would like to be one of the first communities in the province to operate an electric bus. This program just might be the funding source she has been looking for.

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2 comments to Province announces that starting today municipalities can apply for funding for new transit projects – but they are only putting up one third of the money.

  • Penny Hersh

    Municipalities are now able to apply for funding for new transit projects. An electric bus would in my opinion fall under a “nice to have” project. If the funding allows why not consider ways of connecting residents to meet up with existing bus routes, or perhaps improving the Handi-Van service where scheduling doesn’t allow for last minute trips, or working with other Municipalities so people using that service don’t have to get out of one hand-van to go into another handicap-van?

  • Rob Allan

    Good News! Only a few years ago the City was still buying diesel buses!!!!

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