Niagara MPs announce biggest ever Federal investment in public transit
Thorold, Ontario- Vance Badawey MP for Niagara Centre and Chris Bittle MP for St. Catharines and Deputy Government House Leader, in conjunction with St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley, were pleased to announce more than $82.1-million in federal funding and $38-million in provincial funding toward public transit infrastructure in Niagara region. This commitment represents the single largest investment in transit, in Niagara’s history.
“More than ever before, in the history of our riding, our government is investing more in public transit to connect people and places in the region,” Badawey said in a joint announcement today along with Bittle and Niagara mayors. Badawey also noted “Investments like this are key to building strong communities, and a strong Canada. Efficient public transit means people get to work, get to school, get to families and friends in other communities. And it creates jobs.”
Bittle was pleased with the news of more funding towards transit in Niagara. “Today’s announcement underscores our government’s commitment to helping municipalities succeed in the long term.” Bittle added, “local infrastructure is the backbone our communities are built on, and having a comprehensive, well-run transit system is key to any thriving municipality or region. The investment by the Government of Canada of more than $81.2-million, including $47-million for St. Catharines, will help set the stage for the future of public transit in the region. This includes the future amalgamation of our transit systems and the formation of a true regional transit system.”
The commitment of $81,321,718 will be spread over the next 10 years and includes a commitment from the Province of Ontario towards funding key transit projects. MPP Bradley said, “Our government has a track record of investing in the critical public infrastructure people in Ontario need and deserve. I am pleased that St. Catharines will receive approximately 38 million in provincial public transit funding that will improve the flow of people and goods, support a booming economy, and enhance quality of life.”