More funding for public transit

More funding for public transit

Posted on July 21, 2019 at 9:53 am by Bill Roberts
BC, Community, Kamloops-North Thompson, Kamloops-South Thompson, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, Provincial

From the Prime Minister’s web site, July 18, 2019:

British Columbians need efficient and affordable public transit to get them to work or school on time, and back home safely at the end of the day. By investing in public transit, we fight climate change, reduce commute times, strengthen the middle class, and build more sustainable communities.

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, Premier of British Columbia, John Horgan, and President and Chief Executive Officer for BC Transit, Erinn Pinkerton, today announced more than $79 million in joint funding to improve public transit in British Columbia. This funding includes $16 million in contributions from municipalities.

These funds will be used to purchase 118 new buses for use in Victoria and communities across British Columbia. The new buses will help shorten daily commutes, reduce the number of cars on the road, and make the province a greener place to live.

The new buses will replace others at the end of their life cycle or increase capacity in communities where ridership is growing. They will be more efficient, have improved accessibility and safety features, and will support BC Transit’s new NextRide technology and closed-circuit television security cameras. By investing in zero-emission buses, the Government of Canada is also working towards fulfilling its Drive to Zero pledge, and is taking steps towards achieving a transition to zero-emission vehicles and a clean economy.

  • The Government of Canada has invested over $2.4 billion in more than 40 public transit projects in British Columbia.
  • The transportation sector accounts for 25 per cent of Canada’s emissions. Investments in public transit help improve commuting, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities, and grow the Canadian economy.

“A strong public transit system is essential to making B.C. communities more affordable for the people who live in them, and to greening our transportation systems. Through this investment, we can meet rising transit demand, attract new transit riders, and put public transit in B.C. on a solid road toward a green future.”

—The Hon. John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia