The governments of Canada and Alberta announced that commuters will benefit from improved transit infrastructure throughout Strathcona County and Grande Prairie after a combined investment of more than $21 million for seven projects in northern Alberta.

“Accessible and reliable public transit is essential for stronger, more inclusive communities. Residents of Strathcona County will have better access and accommodations to travel smoothly, faster, and safely to their desired destinations. By investing these projects, we are enhancing the quality of life and creating more opportunities for all Canadians to live fuller and more connected lives,” said Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Official Languages, and MP for Edmonton Centre.

The federal government is investing $9,423,637 through the Public Transit Infrastructure (PTIS) and the COVID-19 Resilience (CVRIS) Streams of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Strathcona County is contributing $12,081,792, and Grande Prairie is contributing $47,481 towards their respective projects.

Funding for Strathcona County will support the replacement of existing transit vehicles, including nine 8-passenger paratransit buses, ten conventional, and six double–decker buses.

In addition, approximately 200 bus stop pads will be installed in locations around the community to improve the capacity, quality, and safety of those stops.

“Strathcona County greatly appreciates the federal government’s investment into our shared goal of providing a fully accessible transit experience. We aspire to provide the highest quality of public transit service – from the moment our operators greet riders at improved bus stops to board a regular passenger bus, double-decker or mobility bus – to the moment riders safely and reliably arrive at their destination,” said Rod Frank, Mayor of Strathcona County.

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In Grande Prairie, residents will see functional improvements and repairs to the city’s existing trail system. This will help residents stay active while getting around their community.

“Thanks to Minister Randy Boissonnalt’s contributions, along with the collaborative effort of other municipalities, Council welcomes funding that will help repair and develop our City’s trail system. Enhancing trails is a crucial means of improving our residents’ quality of life. These upgrades will allow our residents to remain active while also contributing to a stronger sense of community,” said Jackie Clayton, Mayor of Grande Prairie.

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