VICTORIA, BC: The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and British Columbia.
Investments in public transit infrastructure during this extraordinary time provide an opportunity to create jobs, stimulate economic growth and make communities more inclusive and resilient.
British Columbians need safe, accessible and reliable public transit to get to work and home, to attend appointments, shop for essentials and conduct business. Strategic investments in public transportation infrastructure play a key role in delivering this service.
Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of Catherine McKenna, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Rob Fleming, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, announced more than $3.9 million in joint funding to install approximately 150 new and refitted public bus shelters throughout the province. Erinn Pinkerton, president and CEO, BC Transit, also participated in the virtual announcement.
These shelters will improve the quality and safety of bus travel, thanks to weather-specific upgrades as well as better lighting and seating. Increased accessibility standards will allow more individuals to access the public transit system.
Both levels of government are each investing more than $1.9 million in this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. Local governments, through BC Transit, are contributing $986,000 to this project.
Written and released by BC Government