Ontario Government Investing in Transit Projects in the City of St. ThomasPublished on August 08, 2019
ST. THOMAS — Ontario is working to support municipalities and get people moving by investing in new transit infrastructure projects in the City of St. Thomas.
MPP Jeff Yurek announced today that priority transit infrastructure projects from the City of St. Thomas are being nominated under the Public Transit stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).
“I am proud that the government recognizes the unique infrastructural needs of cities like St. Thomas and is committed to making transit more accessible and efficient,” said MPP Jeff Yurek. “This project will allow for more residents to access public transit and conveniently travel to jobs, businesses, and all of the great places to relax and have fun in the city.”
The Provincial Government has committed $1,845,422.00 for a transit technology and fleet and amenities update project that includes the procurement of 10 conventional transit replacement buses and 4 conventional transit expansion buses as well as 40 signalized intersections equipped with Transit Priority. This will increase rider convenience and boost ridership, reduce emissions, and remove as many barriers as possible for new customers.
“These nominated projects will help people in the City of St. Thomas spend less time commuting and more time doing the things they love with those they care about most,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure.
The projects are now with the federal government for final funding decisions as they are reviewed for eligibility under the ICIP program.
“We’re excited to get shovels in the ground; these initiatives promise to make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Scott. “Now it’s up to the federal government to approve them.”
“St. Thomas is a stronger, more modern city with a transit system that meets the needs of riders ands business,” said St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston. “Allowing citizens the ability to travel as they need is important.”
- 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 about $10.2 billion spread across four streams: 1. Rural and Northern, 2. Public Transit, 3. Green, 4. Community, Culture and Recreation.
- Funding is allocated to transit systems based on a municipality’s or municipalities’ share of total transit ridership in Ontario as per the 2015 Canadian Urban Transit Association Fact Book. This allocations-based funding model was set by the federal government.
- These projects are from the first intake of ICIP applications from municipalities outside the GTHA. Some project applications from this intake are still under consideration by the province. The province intends to make more announcements from this intake soon. Information on additional intakes will be released when available.
- The combined investment from the federal, provincial and local governments for the 16 Region of Waterloo transit projects forwarded under the Public Transit stream would be more than $182 million.
- 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.