LAVAL, QC, Feb. 2, 2018 /CNW/ – The governments of Canada and Quebec recognize that investing in public transit infrastructure is crucial to economic growth, reducing air pollution, and creating inclusive communities where everyone has access to public services and job opportunities.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport; Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy; André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification; and Francine Charbonneau, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region, today announced an investment of over $42.6 million for 26 projects by the Société de transport de Laval (STL) under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will provide nearly $23.7 million for these projects, and the Government of Quebec will contribute more than $18.9 million. The Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain will provide the remaining funding.
Among the projects made possible by this funding are the purchase and replacement of buses to expand and maintain the average age of the fleet, and studies to continue the STL’s electrification program.
Once completed, this work will improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of Laval’s transit system, make it more inclusive, and meet the community’s immediate needs while preparing for anticipated future increases in ridership.
“The Government of Canada is investing in projects to help build sustainable communities while promoting economic development and the growth of the middle class. The public transit projects announced today will help reduce commute times and greenhouse gas emissions while enhancing the overall user experience and preparing Laval for future growth.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
“I am pleased to announce this contribution geared towards realizing sustainable transportation projects, such as the purchase and replacement of more than 40 buses, which support a clean-growth economy that will benefit Laval residents for generations. Investing in public transit improves the way Canadians live, commute and work.”
Eva Nassif, Member of Parliament for Vimy
“It gives me great pleasure to announce these investments by the governments of Quebec and Canada to improve, maintain and develop public transit infrastructure in Laval. This will both improve the user experience and make commuting easier.”
André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification
“The development of public, active and alternative modes of transportation is a key issue in the Laval Region. I am therefore very pleased that our government is supporting projects that will make our public transit system more efficient and reliable.”
Francine Charbonneau, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Anti-Bullying and Minister Responsible for the Laval Region
“I am very pleased to see that federal and provincial governments have taken the importance of transit in Laval to heart. We welcome these investments, which will ensure Laval residents enjoy easier commutes.”
Saul Polo, Member of the National Assembly for Laval-des-Rapides
“The City of Laval is thrilled with the investments being made by the governments of Quebec and Canada in these extensive STL projects, which will improve user mobility by offering more reliable, efficient and faster service and encourage even more citizens in Laval to become public transit users. These projects, funded through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, are also directly in line with our objectives to reduce our environmental footprint. I would like to thank both governments for helping us along the way.”
Marc Demers, Mayor of Laval
“As well as allowing us to use our management tools to offer clients better service, the $42.6 million will allow us to modernize and expand our infrastructure. The projects made possible by this funding will help us offer Laval residents a more competitive, modern and efficient public transit system.—a step towards more sustainable transportation!”
Gilbert Dumas, President of the Société de transport de Laval
“We are pleased to join our government partners in funding STL projects that will have such a positive impact on public transit users. These projects support the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain’s mission to collaborate with various transportation partners to improve public mobility and reduce the environmental footprint of the Greater Montreal Area.”
Paul Côté, Chief Executive Officer of the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain
- The Government of Canada will invest 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 will support public transit projects, including $5 billion that will be available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
- Over the next ten years, the Government of Quebec plans to invest more than $91.1 billion from the province’s infrastructure plan in health, education and transportation, in order to improve families’ quality of life and create conditions that support innovation and economic growth.