Feds working to make transit systems more environmentally friendly

 

The federal government is working to improve transit across the country, including making it more environmentally friendly.

According to an announcement from Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Francois-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, the Government is investing $2.75 billion over five years to improve Canadian transit systems.

The project is scheduled to begin in 2021 and is intended to enhance public transit systems and switch them to cleaner electrical power, including supporting the purchase of zero-emission public transit and school buses.

This is part of a broader, eight-year, $14.9 billion public transit investment that will support municipalities, transit authorities and school boards with transition planning, and increase ambition on the electrification of transit systems.

“Better public transit, cleaner air, quieter streets, and a planet safe for our kids - that’s the goal of our investment in zero-emission buses across Canada. By making this investment, we’re tackling climate change while creating good jobs and supporting manufacturing right now, here at home," McKenna said in a news release.  

"Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities," she continued.

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