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Infrastructure Canada
Government of Alberta

Government of Alberta

December 03, 2016 12:30 ET

Canada and Alberta fund 89 projects to improve public transit across the province

Total investment of more than $500 million

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Dec. 3, 2016) - Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Kent Hehr, Minster of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, and the Honourable Joe Ceci, Alberta Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board, announced $270.3 million for 52 new projects across Alberta through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding - just over $132.9 million - while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through Alberta's Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of $58 million.

In addition, Alberta announced a further $156.5 million in GreenTRIP funding for 37 projects and is providing up to two-thirds of the cost for those projects. Municipalities will provide the balance of $79.2 million, for a total of $235.7 million.

The list of new public transit projects includes significant investments in Calgary for critical work to support the city's Green Line LRT corridor. It also includes other important projects, such as the design and construction of bus bay turnouts and shelters in Fort McMurray, which will provide a safe location for passengers to get on and off buses away from traffic. Buses in Strathcona County will also be replaced, achieving 100 per cent accessibility for this municipality's transit fleet ahead of schedule, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

These projects are in addition to the 49 public transit projects announced for Alberta on September 1, 2016 as part of the signing of the Canada-Alberta bilateral agreement.

Quotes

"The Government of Canada recognizes how important affordable and efficient transit infrastructure is to growing the middle class and getting Canadians to work on time and back home quickly at the end of a long day. We are very pleased to announce new public transit projects, which will help make municipalities across Alberta stronger, more inclusive and sustainable, while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"Getting people where they need to go safely, quickly and comfortably is fundamental to economic growth and building an inclusive society. I'm very pleased to see how these new projects will result in widespread benefits for Calgary transit users."

The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

"Our government is committed to ensuring Alberta municipalities have access to affordable, accessible and environmentally sustainable public transportation options. By collaborating with all orders of government, we are ensuring Albertans are getting the most out of our transit infrastructure investments. Public transit allows people to get where they want to go safely and efficiently, while reducing congestion and the number of vehicles on our roads which will help protect our environment now and in the future."

The Honourable Brian Mason, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation

"Through the Alberta Jobs Plan, our government has made significant investments in infrastructure throughout our province. Not only does this investment create jobs and act as a shock absorber during the economic slowdown, it prepares Alberta for a future of prosperity and growth. Today's announcement represents this commitment - with more than $258.9 million in combined federal and provincial funding going towards the City of Calgary's transit projects, all of which the City will direct to the Green Line. This means in the coming years, Calgarians will have new ways to get to work, take their kids to school and explore the city through public transit."

The Honourable Joe Ceci, President of Treasury Board and Alberta Minister of Finance

"Investments in public transit are some of the most important investments a government can make. I'm very pleased to see all three orders of government working together to keep Calgarians moving efficiently. This early work on the Green Line LRT corridor helps us get even closer to building this important piece of public transit."

His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary

Quick Facts

  • This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
  • The long term infrastructure plan will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit, green and social infrastructure, transportation infrastructure that supports trade, as well as rural and northern communities.
  • This announcement marks a major federal infrastructure investment milestone. Including the projects announced today, over 1,000 projects have been approved for Government of Canada funding since November 2015.
  • The Government of Alberta's nearly $236-million contribution in this announcement and the $106.2 million transit investment announced on September 1, 2016, are from the province's GreenTRIP fund, for a total of $342.2 million.
  • Alberta municipalities will provide a total investment of $243.5 million.
  • Since the program began in 2008, Alberta's $2 billion GreenTRIP investment has supported 133 approved transit projects. The program, now coming to a close, offers up to two-thirds of funding from the province.

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Backgrounder: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=1164489

Associated links

Government of Canada's $180-billion+ infrastructure plan: http://www.budget.gc.ca/fes-eea/2016/docs/themes/infrastructure-en.html

Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html

The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/ptif-fitc-eng.php

Alberta Public Transportation Initiatives: http://www.alberta.ca/public-transit-initiatives.aspx

Approved Alberta Transit Projects Funding Breakdown Fact Sheet: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/documents/AlbertaFundingBreakdownFactSheet.pdf

Approved Alberta Transit Projects Map: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/documents/GreenTransitMapTabloid.pdf

Alberta GreenTRIP: http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/5409.htm

City of Calgary Green Line: http://www.calgary.ca/Transportation/TI/Pages/Transit-projects/Green-line/home.aspx?redirect=/greenline

Twitter: @INFC_eng

Web: Infrastructure Canada

Backgrounder

New transit projects across Alberta

Total investment of more than $500 million

The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Alberta have approved a new list of transit projects under the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF), which is designed to address key infrastructure priorities with a focus on repairing and upgrading existing facilities and assets.

The Government of Canada is providing the Government of Alberta with $347,190,000 under PTIF, and will fund up to 50 per cent of the eligible project costs. The Government of Alberta and municipalities will fund the balance.

As part of the bilateral agreement between Canada and Alberta, the following projects have now been approved for federal funding amounting to more than $132.9 million, while the province is investing more than $79.4 million through the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP). Municipalities are contributing the balance of $58 million.

These projects are in addition to the 49 PTIF projects announced for Alberta on September 1, 2016.

Location Project name Federal funding Provincial funding Anticipated start date
Airdrie Engineering and design of North Transit Terminal $111,842 $311,658 2017-05-01
Airdrie Replacement of existing rolling stock vehicle to enhance service to transit customers $34,266 $68,534 2018-01-31
Airdrie Installation of cycling infrastructure to support active transportation for first/last mile to regional transit stops $13,332 $26,668 2017-09-01
Airdrie Implementation of mobile ticketing technology $23,331 $46,669 2017-01-01
Airdrie Implementation of new technology to remove public transit barriers for customers with vision loss $20,000 $40,000 2017-11-01
Airdrie Development of a user fee and revenue strategy $13,332 $26,668 2018-02-01
Airdrie Investment in new transit stops to support dynamic transit model $33,330 $66,670 2017-04-01
Airdrie Implementation of new technology to improve service alerts with transit customers $10,000 $20,000 2018-01-01
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Banff Local transit service expansion $862,500 $862,500 2017-01-01
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Banff/Canmore NextBus arrival signs $30,000 $66,600 2017-04-01
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Banff/Canmore Farebox upgrades $80,000 $183,150 2017-01-01
Beaumont Construction of four transit stops $50,000 $25,000 2017-05-24
Calgary Green Line LRT - utility relocations - SE corridor $50,000,000 $25,000,000 2016-04-01
Calgary Green Line LRT - utility relocations - Central and North corridors $27,200,000 $13,600,000 2016-04-01
Calgary Green Line LRT - land preparation $31,300,000 $15,650,000 2016-04-01
Calgary Green Line LRT - transit bus improvements $2,500,000 $1,250,000 2016-04-01
Canmore Bus storage facility $100,500 $100,500 2016-08-01
Cochrane Review of existing transit feasibility studies to identify next steps for delivery of local and regional transit services $25,000 $12,500 2016-07-01
Cochrane Construction of bus stops and bus shelters $25,000 $12,500 2018-01-01
Cold Lake Replacement of two aging core fleet vehicles to modernize transit fleet and increase accessibility $174,000 $666,700 2017-01-01
Fort Saskatchewan Northern transfer location upgrades $75,000 $37,500 2016-07-15
Fort Saskatchewan Bus stop infrastructure upgrades/construction $34,000 $17,000 2016-07-15
Grande Prairie Fleet growth and right sizing program $300,000 $300,000 2017-01-15
Grande Prairie Electronic fare collection Phase 2 - additional upgrades and geatures $141,000 $141,000 2016-12-15
Grande Prairie Mobile ticketing system to increase digital system accessibility $112,500 $112,500 2016-04-01
Grande Prairie Transit scheduling software $50,000 $50,000 2016-12-15
Grande Prairie Onboard camera system retrofitting $87,500 $87,500 2016-12-15
Grande Prairie Automated passenger counter system $37,500 $37,500 2017-04-01
Grande Prairie Solar energy storage to charge electric buses $500,000 $500,000 2017-03-01
Grande Prairie Real-time passenger information digital signage $45,000 $45,000 2017-06-01
Grande Prairie Transit garage electrical infrastructure upgrades $17,500 $17,500 2017-01-15
Leduc Bus pull-out construction $67,500 $33,750 2017-01-01
Lethbridge Lethbridge Transit Terminal and Regional Park-n-Ride $2,027,000 $2,027,000 2016-10-01
Medicine Hat Transit facility rehabilitation and upgrades $1,090,000 $1,090,000 2017-01-01
Medicine Hat Intelligent transit technology upgrades and hardware $125,000 $125,000 2017-01-01
Medicine Hat Intelligent transit technology upgrades for para transit services $275,000 $275,000 2017-06-01
Medicine Hat Accessible bus stop upgrades $167,500 $167,500 2017-04-01
Medicine Hat Review of conventional and Para Transit service delivery models $50,000 $50,000 2016-05-01
Medicine Hat Replacement conventional and para transit buses $376,500 $376,500 2017-01-01
Red Deer Storage structure rehabilitation for transit action buses $1,112,500 $1,112,500 2017-04-01
Red Deer Bus stop accessibility upgrades $1,050,000 $1,050,000 2017-04-01
Red Deer Replacement of transit buses $3,276,000 $3,276,000 2017-07-01
Red Deer System wide intelligent transit enhancements phase 2 $1,145,500 $1,145,500 2017-07-01
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Design and construction of bus bay turnouts and bus shelters $3,451,000 $6,549,000 2017-01-01
Spruce Grove Bus stop upgrades $39,750 $19,875 2017-04-01
Spruce Grove Long range regional transit plan $37,500 $18,750 2016-09-10
St. Albert Purchase of new conventional electric buses $1,875,000 $937,500 2016-11-30
St. Albert Replace hoists in transit garage $122,000 $61,000 2016-11-30
Strathcona County Conventional Transit Bus Replacement Program to achieve 100% accessibility $1,632,500 $1,000,000 2017-01-01
Strathcona County Specialized transit bus replacement $172,500 $86,250 2017-01-01
Strathcona County Ordze Transit Center revitalization project $750,000 $375,000 2017-04-01
Whitecourt New Whitecourt transit bus $74,000 $266,666 2017-03-01

GreenTRIP

The Government of Alberta is also providing $156.5 million in GreenTRIP funding for an additional 37 projects, providing up to two-thirds of the project cost. Municipalities will provide the balance of $79.2 million, for a total of $235.7 million.

Applicant Project Name Provincial Contribution Total Eligible Project Cost
Airdrie Transit Terminal South $533,333 $800,000
Airdrie Investment in transit fleet $398,133 $597,200
Airdrie Transit technology $200,000 $300,000
Airdrie Regional fleet expansion $4,380,022 $6,570,000
Black Diamond Local intermunicipal transit system development $300,000 $450,000
Black Diamond Park-n-Ride facility $660,000 $990,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Lake Louise Fleet for Lake Louise Transit $1,220,000 $ 1,830,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Lake Louise Park-n-Ride lot development $1,166,667 $1,750,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services - Banff and Lake Louise Fleet for Banff to Lake Louise Regional Transit Service $1,626,667 $2,440,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Bow Valley Mobile ticketing software $66,667 $100,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Banff Banff fleet for increased frequency (phase 2) $833,333 $1,250,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Banff Park-n-Ride lot development $4,666,667 $7,000,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Banff Park-n-Ride lots - shuttle service $2,033,333 $3,050,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Banff Bus stop installations including NextBus (Banff to Lake Louise) $200,000 $300,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Canmore Fleet for spare capacity and growth $813,333 $1,220,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission - Canmore Transit oriented development $200,000 $300,000
Calgary Green Line LRT early works - utility and land preparation and transit improvements $92,377,876 $138,566,614
Chestermere Transit feasibility study and Park-n-Ride facility implementation $693,333 $1,040,000
Cold Lake Bus stop enhancement and GPS scheduling $200,000 $300,000
Grande Prairie Electric bus program - replacement $2,000,000 $3,000,000
Grande Prairie Transit electric bus program $1,200,000 $1,800,000
Grande Prairie Transit terminal $333,333 $500,000
Lethbridge Regional Park-n-Ride transit terminal $8,080,000 $12,956,000
Lethbridge Accessibility enhancements $420,000 $630,000
Okotoks Local bus zone upgrades $330,000 $495,000
Okotoks Local transit fleet $933,333 $1,400,000
Okotoks Park-n-Ride infrastructure $666,667 $1,000,000
Okotoks Regional bus zone upgrades $140,000 $210,000
Pincher Creek Transit service $303,333 $455,000
Red Deer, City of Bus storage facility expansion $4,466,666 $6,700,000
Red Deer, City of Bus wash replacement $352,667 $529,000
Red Deer County Purchase buses and install bus stop/shelters $592,200 $940,000
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Airporter/para transit buses $842,560 $1,263,840
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Shelter additions $1,276,667 $1,915,001
Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray) Intelligent transportation system (phase 2 & 3) $21,570,614 $32,355,920
Turner Valley Park-n-Ride facility $300,000 $450,000
Whitecourt Capital improvements $147,001 $220,501

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