Ontario Construction News staff writer
The government of Canada has approved eight new public transit and active transportation projects in the City of Kingston with over $47 million in total investments from all three levels of government. These projects are being funded through the public transit stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure plan.
Several projects involve construction of new and enhanced pedestrian and cycling infrastructure in the East-West corridor of the city to improve safety and access for residents to commute or directly access public transit.
“Investing in modern and accessible public transportation systems allows Canadians to get around in faster, cheaper and cleaner ways,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities.
“The investment in an expanded network of cycling lanes, multi-use paths, and new buses will improve the quality of lives for residents, get cars off the road and help make Kingston’s transit system more sustainable.”
The redesign and construction of Montreal Street at John Counter Boulevard will include multi-use pathways, new sidewalk, and buffered bike lanes. New transit-exclusive passenger drop-off lanes will enable pedestrians to access the transit system more safely and efficiently.
Residents who use public transit will also benefit from the addition of a new long-range battery electric bus and the necessary battery charging equipment. Six more conventional buses will be added to the bus fleet, enabling the City of Kingston to increase transit service levels, improving the reliability and quality of the public transit system while reducing emissions.
“The projects announced today will provide Kingston residents with more alternatives for getting where they need to go safely and affordably,” said Mark Gerretsen, MP for Kingston and the Islands.
“Investing in modern and integrated public transit systems and active transportation is essential for building healthier, more sustainable communities of tomorrow. This is a great example of how we are working with our partners to build stronger, more resilient infrastructure that will serve our community now and in the future.”
The Government of Canada is investing over $17 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing nearly $14.5 million to the projects, while the City of Kingston is contributing more than $16 million.
Ontario is investing more than $14 million in eight new public transit projects. Ontario’s minister of infrastructure says the eight projects can now move from shovel-ready to shovels moving.
“It’s another example of the province working collaboratively with our federal and municipal partners by continuing to make critical investments in infrastructure to improve the quality of life for residents in Eastern Ontario,” said Laurie Scott.