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Governments pool funds to boost Niagara transit

Governments pool funds to boost Niagara transit
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NIAGARA FALLS, ONT. — The federal and provincial governments have announced $57 million in funding for 31 transit projects in the Niagara region of Ontario.

Projects include improvements to transit routes and infrastructure such as new buses and renovations to bus shelters as well as new surveillance systems, stated a June 25 release.

New fare payment technology will enable contactless payment to access all of the transit systems across Niagara Region.

In Niagara Falls, the construction of a multi-modal hub on Bridge Street will increase access to local transit alternatives for residents using the GO regional transit system. The Government of Canada is investing $31 million in the projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $26 million to the projects, while the municipalities are contributing $21 million.

“Investing in the local transit infrastructure of the Niagara Region will not only modernize and expand the public transit system, it will also contribute to kick-starting the local recovery and create jobs,” said Ontario Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott in a statement.

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