Ontario Government Proposes $13 Million in Local Transit Infrastructure Projects

Published on: 2019/09/03 - in News

A number of Kingston transit projects have been nominated to receive a portion of the Ontario Government’s $480 million investment in rural and northern and public transit infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

“Ontario is keeping its promise to make sure people can get where they need to go in a safe and efficient way,” said Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure in a release. “Infrastructure investments help businesses to move goods and deliver their services more broadly and efficiently. And they create jobs, helping to make Ontario open for business.”

Eight of the 350 projects – totaling an investment of approximately $13.5 million, and now forwarded to the federal government for final funding approval – are slated for Kingston.

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Local projects nominated for funding include:

  • purchasing one conventional transit expansion bus (electric) and required equipment ($490,000),
  • purchasing six conventional transit buses ($1,560,000),
  • enhanced pedestrian-cycling pathway and sidewalk connections to Kingston Transit bus stops ($3,240,000),
  • Transit Priority Project – King St W at Portsmouth Ave – including the construction of 2 new bus stations and bus stop relocations ($640,000),
  • Enhanced Pedestrian-Cycling Connections – East-West Corridor Project ($3,100,000),
  • Construction of 12 accessible transit passenger stations ($1,180,000),
  • Transit improvements through re-construction of Montreal St at John Counter Blvd, including an upgrade of four transit stops and shelters ($3,000,000),
  • Traffic Signal Optimization for Public Transit, which includes installing transit priority technology on 80 buses, 175 traffic control signal locations and a central traffic control system ($1,270,000).

The ICIP is a $30 billion, 10-year infrastructure program, cost-shared between federal, provincial and municipal governments, aimed at reducing congestion, improving commutes, and connecting neighbourhoods as well as businesses and people to jobs.

All 350 proposed projects were sent to the federal government for final funding approval and are being reviewed for eligibility under the ICIP. Some unspecified projects have already received federal approval to begin.  Also see the full list of provincial funding nominees including more details about the local proposed projects.

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