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City of Brampton

City of Brampton

January 16, 2015 11:30 ET

Brampton Receives Transit Upgrades

Project possible thanks to federal Gas Tax Fund

BRAMPTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 16, 2015) -

Brampton residents are benefitting from improved transit services thanks to contributions from the federal Gas Tax Fund. Over the past year, joint investments from the federal, provincial and municipal governments supported the renewal and expansion of the City's fleet and transit road infrastructure.

Overall, 15 new low-floor buses with increased accessibility and improved Presto fare collection and SmartBus technologies hit the city's roads, replacing aging vehicles and increasing the fleet to meet the expanding needs of the community. An additional ten buses were refurbished, to help extend their lifespan by six years and maintain current and future service levels for public transit users. Bus stop shelters and concrete flooring were replaced, to increase passenger comfort, safety and convenience.

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada contributed $7,059,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund transfer towards these projects.
  • The City of Brampton was responsible for the remaining costs of these projects. The total project costs were $9,109,000.
  • To date, a total of $94,834,914 has been made available to the City of Brampton through the federal Gas Tax Fund.

Quotes

"Our Government is taking significant steps to reduce traffic gridlock and get people and goods moving across the Greater Toronto Area. This investment to upgrade Brampton's transit services is another example of the benefits being realized as a result of our stable, predictable gas tax funding. Our Government is committed to building and revitalizing public infrastructure in order to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Canadians."

The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the GTA

"Everybody - individuals, families, communities, and businesses - benefits from public transportation: it enhances personal opportunities, saves fuel, reduces congestion, provides economic opportunities and reduces the carbon footprint. Since 2006, our government has extended, doubled, indexed and made permanent the federal Gas Tax Fund, delivering significant predictable, long-term infrastructure funding for local priorities like these transit improvements, which will help improve the quality of life in Brampton for years to come."

Kyle Seeback, Member of Parliament for Brampton West

"Innovative communities around the world rely on connections - between individuals, businesses and neighbouring communities - to grow, succeed and provide employment opportunities close to home. Efficient transportation and transit within, into and through Brampton is critical to our economic successes. Continued investment in Brampton by the provincial and federal governments is appreciated and essential to the prosperity of the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area and broader region."

Linda Jeffrey, Mayor, City of Brampton

Associated Links

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fte-eng.html.

To learn more about the City of Brampton, visit www.brampton.ca.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/efp-peb/2014/home-accueil-eng.html.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure,
    Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs,
    and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1848

    Megan Ball
    Media Coordinator, City of Brampton
    905-874-3654
    megan.ball@brampton.ca

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca