By John Devine
Special to Ontario Construction News
Public transit in Guelph is getting a boost from the three levels of government, with a total of $177 million rolling in to finance three public transit projects.
The first part of the program involves replacing 35 diesel buses with long-range electric battery buses, and a system of on-route stations to charge them. Up next is the purchasing of another 30 electric buses, adding capacity to Guelph Transit while reducing emissions. The third part will provide funds for a new bus storage facility in Guelph that will accommodate up to 200 vehicles, and include electric charging stations for the new bus fleet.
“Guelph is a fast-growing region, and our government is building Ontario together with our municipal partners by investing in transit infrastructure that will keep pace and build for the future,” Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure, Ontario, is quoted saying.
“These projects will protect the environment, reduce congestion, improve commutes, connect neighbourhoods and businesses, and connect people to jobs.”
It’s expected the investments will encourage more residents to choose Guelph Transit through a more frequent and reliable bus service. The federal government is providing $40 million of the total, while the province is investing $33 million, and the municipality $104 million.
“The City is grateful to the federal and provincial governments for their support of these exciting transit projects. This is a milestone moment for Guelph as we work to ensure our transit and transportation systems are future ready,” Mayor Cam Guthrie, City of Guelph, is quoted saying.
- Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
- $28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
“Communities across Canada need access to modern, green public transit infrastructure. It’s essential to building a healthy, sustainable future. Adding electric buses to Guelph’s growing fleet is an excellent example of how we are working with our partners to build resilient infrastructure that meets community needs and supports a low carbon future for Canadians,” Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, is quoted saying.