The governments of Canada and Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality announced over $20.8 million in joint funding for the first phase of the Burnside Transit Centre Eco-Rebuild project.

The project involves improvements to the Halifax Regional Municipality’s public transit services, which will result in a faster and more reliable public transit experience. Funding for the first phase will support the planning and design of the new transit centre. The new detailed design of the facility is an important step in developing a plan to replace and expand the existing Burnside Transit Centre with a net-zero facility. Funding will also support studies to determine what is needed to transition to a zero-emission bus fleet.

“Safe and reliable public transit systems contribute to making our communities good places to live, work, and raise families. That’s why we’re investing over $6.5 million to begin the important work needed to replace, expand, and transition Dartmouth’s Burnside Transit Centre into a net-zero facility, ready to accommodate clean energy transportation,” said Darren Fisher, MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour.

Once complete, this project will increase the capacity of the Halifax Regional Municipality’s public transit system, provide residents better access to public transit, and improve access to clean energy transportation.

“This is an exciting investment for Halifax Transit, and for the residents and visitors of the municipality. This funding supports not only our public transit service by designing and planning construction of a net-zero transit facility for Burnside, but will facilitate our transition to a zero-emission bus fleet as part of HalifACT, the municipality’s climate action plan to reduce emissions and rely on clean energy sources,” said Pam Lovelace, Deputy Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality.

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The Government of Canada is investing over $6.5 million in this project. The Government of Nova Scotia and the Halifax Regional Municipality are each contributing over $7.1 million to this project.

“Investing in key public transit projects is integral to the well-being of any community. It connects our residents to work, to school and to each other while creating jobs and positioning our communities for a greener future. Today’s important announcement for the first phase of the Burnside Transit Centre Eco-Rebuild project will ensure that residents in the Halifax Regional Municipality will have improved access to a modern, reliable and green transit system in the years ahead,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and MP for Pickering-Uxbridge.

“Nova Scotia is a national leader in the fight against climate change. Buildings are a major contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in the province. Energy efficient buildings play a key role in reducing this impact,” said Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables.

Featured image: (L to R) Pam Lovelace, Deputy Mayor, Halifax Regional Municipality; Tory Rushton, Minister of Natural Resources and Renewables; Jennifer O’Connell, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities; and Darren Fisher, MP for Dartmouth-Cole Harbour. (Government of Nova Scotia)

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