Improvements to public transit infrastructure will better connect four communities in B.C. after a combined investment of more than $91.3 million from the governments of Canada and British Columbia, and BC Transit.
“Efficient public transit creates healthier communities, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and helps fight climate change. Today’s investment in B.C. will help us achieve these goals, while providing British Columbians with safe and reliable transportation services. By investing in our public transit infrastructure, the federal government is playing an essential role in ensuring Canadians’ quality of life,” said Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities.
In Saanich, funding will support the preliminary work necessary to construct the proposed future Saanich Transit Centre at 4206 Commerce Circle. This will help meet the needs of the community by allowing for service expansion, connecting people more sustainably across the region, and supporting fleet maintenance.
Projects in Kelowna, Langford, and Victoria will also see improvements to infrastructure that is integral to the maintenance and function of BC Transit’s conventional and battery-electric fleets.
“Kelowna and the Capital region are all rapidly growing communities. People in these communities deserve safe and reliable transit that is accessible for everyone. New bus exchanges, charging stations and training facilities will ensure the transit network is equipped to provide quality service for years to come,” said Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Funding will construct three new enhanced transit exchanges in Kelowna and upgrade existing transit centres in Victoria and Langford to incorporate a new maintenance training centre and install in-depot charging points.
The federal government is investing $36,542,046 through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The provincial government is also investing $36,542,046 and local governments are contributing $18,271,023.
Once complete, these improvements will help maintain BC Transit’s fleets, facilitate employee training, and support reliable transit services while connecting British Columbians with their homes, livelihoods, and other essential goods and services.
“Working in partnership with all levels of government is essential to strengthening public transit. The funding announced today is critical in supporting BC Transit’s Low Carbon Fleet Program which aims to reduce the carbon footprint of public transit in our province. The funding also helps BC Transit effectively respond to growth patterns to meet customer demand. I thank everyone for their support as we work to make BC Transit your best transportation solution,” said Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO for BC Transit.
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