On March 15th 2018, I was pleased to announce that the federal government will invest $81.3 million in Niagara’s transit systems. This is the largest single investment in transit history and I look forward to seeing the positive impacts of this investment for years to come. Jim Bradley, St. Catharines Member of Provincial Parliament, was also present that afternoon to annouce $67 million in provincial funding for Niagara’s transit systems.
These two investments, totalling over 148 million, will drastically improve Niagara’s transit systems now and into the future as Niagara moves towards an integrated transit model. The benefits of these investments will be felt throughout the Region. Better, more accessible transit will eliminate many barriers that residents currently face. It will be an important tool in reducing poverty, increasing opportunities for tourism, and will reduce Niagara’s greenhouse gas emissions.
Of the 81.3 million in federal funding announced, St. Catharines will receive $47 million. Improvements that result from this funding will make it easier for residents to get to work, or gain employment by reducing transportation barriers. IT will also mean that seniors and residents who do not drive will have easier access to services they rely on within the community.
Having a well-run transit system is key to any thriving municipality or region, and the investments made by the federal, and provincial, governments will help ensure St. Catharines and Niagara thrive now and adapt to new opportunities and challenges in the future.