Brampton city council recently welcomed a significant investment from the Government of Canada and Government of Ontario that will support public transit infrastructure in Brampton.
Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced that a Government of Canada’s investment of over $45.3 million in four projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS).
Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South, on behalf of Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure, announced the Government of Ontario is contributing more than $37.8 million to the public transit infrastructure projects.
The City of Brampton is also contributing over $30.2 million. All investments are being made jointly through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan.
“With the help of our Federal and Provincial partners, we are able to invest in our communities by supporting and growing our infrastructure,” said Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown. “Reliable transit helps increase accessibility to services and jobs, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and improves the overall health of our community. I look forward to our continued partnerships to support our community here in Brampton.”
Overview of the four transit projects:
2020-2021 Replacement Buses
Purchase of 32 conventional buses to maintain existing service levels and replace the retiring fleet.
o Federal funding: $9,132,000
o Provincial funding: $7,609,239
o Municipal funding: $6,088,761
2020-2024 Bus Refurbishments
Refurbishment of 300 conventional buses, including the repair and replacement of major components such as engines, suspensions and brakes.
o Federal funding: $22,243,218
o Provincial funding: $18,534,161
o Municipal funding: $14,830,666
Replacement of On-board Cameras and Digital Video Recorders
Adding newer technologies on the entire bus fleet.
o Federal funding: $2,000,000
o Provincial funding: $1,666,500
o Municipal funding: $1,333,500
Downtown Transit Mobility Hub
A new transit hub that will increase the number of bus bays, allowing for more service, new bus canopies, waiting area, concessions and include the requirements to upgrade the hub to hold electric buses.
o Federal funding: $12,000,000
o Provincial funding: $9,999,000
o Municipal funding: $8,001,000
Featured image caption: The funding announcement was attended by Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Kamal Khera, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Brampton West; Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South; Amarjot Sandhu, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton West; and Patrick Brown, Mayor of the City of Brampton.