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Canada and British Columbia invest $91.3M in public transit infrastructure

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Canada and British Columbia invest $91.3M in public transit infrastructure

VICTORIA – The governments of Canada and British Columbia are putting a combined investment of more than $91.3 million towards public transit infrastructure.

Several projects were announced recently by federal Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Sean Fraser, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming and BC Transit president and CEO Erinn Pinkerton.

“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,” Fleming said.

In Saanich, funding will support the preliminary work necessary to construct the proposed future Saanich Transit Centre at 4206 Commerce Circle. 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, a Government of Canada release said.

The federal government is investing $36.5 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. B.C. is investing $36.5 million and local governments are contributing $18.2 million. The federal stream supports the building, expansion and upgrading of urban and rural transit networks.

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