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Government of Nova Scotia

Government of Nova Scotia

May 15, 2016 10:30 ET

Public Transit Services in Halifax Regional Municipality to Benefit from Federal Gas Tax Fund

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - May 15, 2016) - The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that the Halifax Regional Municipality plans to allocate $6 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund to purchase new public transit buses. The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Nova Scotia Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Honourable Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs, and Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality, also participated in the announcement.

Halifax's fleet renewal project includes the planned purchase of 21 conventional 40 foot accessible low floor buses in 2016-17 to replace older vehicles. In 2015-16, Halifax used $3.5 million of its federal Gas Tax Fund allocation for the purchase of nine buses.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term, stable funding for Canadian municipalities to help them build and revitalize their local public infrastructure while creating jobs and long term prosperity.

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"As a former bus driver and city councillor, I know how important investing in affordable and efficient public transit infrastructure is to allow Canadians to get to work on time and back home at the end of a long day. In Budget 2016, we committed to engaging with our regional partners to make sure they have the support they need to build livable and inclusive communities. It's thanks to these initiatives and to the project we're celebrating today that we will build 21st-century communities and ensure a high quality of life for generations to come."

The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"A modern public transit service is important infrastructure for a sustainable urban community. I'm pleased that Halifax Regional Municipality is able to use Gas Tax funds to continuously upgrade its fleet to meet the needs of our citizens."

The Honourable Diana C. Whalen, Nova Scotia Minister of Justice, on behalf of the Honourable Zach Churchill, Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Affairs

"We are committed to strengthening our public transit system, which benefits residents every day. By working with other orders of government, and seeking out funding partnerships, we are able to improve public transit for our residents."

Mike Savage, Mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality

Associated Links

To learn more about Budget 2016: http://www.budget.gc.ca/2016/docs/plan/toc-tdm-en.html

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

For additional information on Canada's New Infrastructure Plan: Laying the Foundation: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/index-eng.html

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