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Canada and Quebec support better public transit services for Lévis residents

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Canada and Quebec support better public transit services for Lévis residents

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LÉVIS, QC, July 23, 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 Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification, today announced an investment of over $10.5 million for 12 projects being carried out by the Société de transport de Lévis (STLévis) under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Canada will provide close to $5.9 million for these projects and the Government of Quebec will contribute nearly $4.7 million. The STLévis will provide the remaining funding.

Among the projects receiving funding are measures to prioritize bus travel on Guillaume-Couture Boulevard and the purchase of hybrid buses and midibuses to better serve new clients. STLévis may also install a traffic light system that gives priority to public transit.

Once completed, this work will improve the performance, efficiency and reliability of Lévis's transit system, make it more inclusive and allow the STLévis to meet the community's immediate needs while preparing for anticipated future increases in ridership.

Quotes

"Modern efficient public transit infrastructure plays an important role in developing our communities and supports growth that benefits everyone. By investing in projects like these in Lévis, the Government of Canada is helping communities improve residents' mobility, meet growing demand, and provide key amenities to support economic development in the region."

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

"These investments in public transit will give the City of Lévis provide a more efficient public transit system that can meet users' current and future needs. This will most certainly improve traffic flow on roads and reduce travel times for families in the region."

André Fortin, Minister of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Transport Electrification

"The Société de transport de Lévis would like to thank the governments of Canada and Quebec for this major funding. These investments are an exceptional opportunity to set up a structured transportation network in Lévis, and in the short term, to acquire the tools and equipment needed to pursue our mission of sustainable mobility development in the area."

Mario Fortier, President of the Société de transport de Lévis

Quick Facts

  • The Public Transit Infrastructure Fund has been funding projects since April 1, 2016. In total, the program is investing more than $1.8 billion in public transit projects. The Government of Canada will contribute up to $923.7 million, and the Government of Quebec, up to $739 million. Municipal governments are also helping fund projects through public transit authorities.
  • 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 $100.4 billion through the province's infrastructure plan in health, education and transportation to improve families' quality of life and support innovation and economic growth.

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The governments of Canada and Quebec support better public transit services for Lévis residents
Investments of more than $10.5 million

Public Transit Infrastructure Fund

The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing $10,560,600 in 12 projects being undertaken by the Société de transport de Lévis (STLévis) to improve commute times, reduce air pollution, strengthen communities and grow the regional economy.

The Government of Canada is contributing $5,867,000, representing 50 per cent of the total eligible costs, and the Government of Quebec is providing $4,693,600, representing 40 per cent of the total eligible costs. The STLévis will provide the remaining funding.

List of new projects

 

Project Name

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Funding from the STLévis

Anticipated start date

Introduction of priority measures for public transit on Guillaume-Couture boulevard

$1,750,000

$1,400,000

$350,000

June 15, 2018

Acquisition of 1 hybrid bus and 4 midibuses for 2018

$1,503,000

$1,202,400

$300,600

December 8, 2017

Purchase of two hybrid buses in 2018

$996,000

$796,800

$199,200

April 1, 2017

Traffic light pre-emption system for public transit

$807,500

$646,000

$161,500

June 1, 2018

Vehicle scheduling control system to manage processes related to paratransit

$300,000

$240,000

$60,000

April 26, 2018

Electric vehicles to transport drivers (with equipment and terminals)

$150,000

$120,000

$30,000

January 1, 2018

PIS - Addition of ATP and CrewOpt modules

$100,000

$80,000

$20,000

January 1, 2019

Roof repairs, phase 2

$78,000

$62,400

$15,600

April 1, 2018

Innovative ticketing solutions

$75,000

$60,000

$15,000

January 1, 2018

Repaving of the parking lot at the operations centre

$50,000

$40,000

$10,000

April 1, 2018

Addition of one vehicle (with equipment) for bus shelter maintenance

$30,000

$24,000

$6,000

January 1, 2019

Wi-Fi, cellular and GPS antennas for the operations centre

$27,500

$22,000

$5,500

February 1, 2018

 

Associated Links

Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/about-invest-apropos-eng.html

Federal investments in infrastructure projects in Quebec: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/index-eng.html

Quebec Infrastructure Plan: https://www.tresor.gouv.qc.ca/fileadmin/PDF/budget_depenses/18-19/fr/8-Infrastructures_publiques_du_Quebec.pdf

Twitter: @INFC_eng 
Website: Infrastructure Canada

 

SOURCE Infrastructure Canada

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