Invest in planning for a new transit facility to improve transit services in Cape Breton

CAPE BRETON, NS, June 28, 2021 /CNW/ – Public transit is at the heart of an inclusive recovery and measures that will strengthen public transit systems must be prioritized Canada current and future needs. Investing in public transit helps Canadians through pandemic, positions say Canada for recovery by creating good jobs and supporting Canadian businesses, and transforming our society for a better, cleaner future.

That is why, together, the governments of Canada and New Scotland are taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Today, Jaime BattisteMember of Parliament for Sydney—Victoria, on behalf of the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Mike Kelway, MP for Cape Breton—Canso; the Honorable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development and Member of Parliament for Sydney-Whitney Pier, on behalf of the Honorable Chuck Porter, Minister of Energy and Mines; and Her Worship Amanda McDougall, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, announced joint planning funding for the construction of an electric bus maintenance facility and community transit center in Cape Breton.

The government of Canada invests $360,000 in this project through the Public Transport Infrastructure component (VITP) of the Invest in Canada plan. The government of New Scotland provides $299,970and the Cape Breton Regional Municipality contributes $240,030.

The project is to improve Cape Breton transit services, which will result in a faster and more reliable transit experience. The planning phase will include a study to optimize transit routes and plans to support the construction of an electric bus maintenance facility and a community transit hub. It also includes site access design, site concept design, community consultation and terminal concept design.

Once completed, the project will increase the capacity of Cape Breton transit system, better access to public transit, and better access to clean energy transportation.

All levels of government continue to work together for the people of New Scotland making strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when they need it most.


“Safe and reliable public transit systems help make Canadian communities great places to live, work and raise families, which is why we’re investing $360,000 to improve Cape Breton public transport system. Together with our partners, we will continue to support public transit infrastructure across the country so people can get where they need to be faster, safer and cleaner. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities. »

Jaime BattisteMember of Parliament for Sydney—Victoria, on behalf of the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Modern, energy-efficient public transit systems are essential to building the sustainable communities of tomorrow. Improve public transit services to Cape Breton residents helps them get where they need to go, quickly and safely, by providing equitable access to essential services, jobs and education. Investments announced today for the first phase of the electric bus maintenance facility and a community transportation hub will benefit Cape Breton residents and visitors for years to come. »

Mike KelwayMP for Cape Breton—Canso

“The transition to electric public transit can help us tackle one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. We are committed to advancing our climate change goals, which include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and reducing global emissions to 53% below 2005 levels by 2030.”

The Honorable Derek Mombourquette, Minister of Education and Childhood Development, on behalf of the Minister of Energy and Mines Chuck Porter

“Partnerships with the federal and provincial governments are important as we continue to build and improve our transit system. Our first steps towards electric buses for Cape Breton Transit will come after a thorough planning process to review all logistics. We look forward to the results of the studies and the exciting opportunities ahead.”

Her Honor Amanda McDougall, Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality

“Converting to electric buses requires significant route planning centered around a maintenance facility and a transit hub. A successful pilot project has many considerations and this funding will help us plan the next steps.

wayne macdonaldDirector of Engineering and Public Works, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

Fast facts

  • Through the Invest in Canada plan, the government of Canada invest more than $180 billion more than 12 years in public transport, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transport routes projects, and from Canada rural and northern communities.
  • Since 2015, the government has spent more than $13 billion in more than 1,300 transit projects across Canada. These investments have made it possible to build more than 240 km of new metro and light rail lines for public transit, to purchase more than 300 electric buses and to create nearly 500 km of active transportation trails, bike lanes and pedestrian and recreational paths.
  • Through the Invest in Canada plan, the government of Canada already investing $28.7 billion support transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
  • At February 10, 2021 the government of Canada announced a plan to $14.9 billion in new funding for public transit over eight years, including $2.5 billion over 5 years from this year as well as part of the $3 billion in ongoing annual transit funding starting in 2026-27 to expand transit systems in major urban centers by enabling the advancement of key, high-readiness major transit projects. It will do this by supporting transit projects that will enter the construction phase in the near future and also by helping to plan major transit projects that will be built in the future.
  • On the other side CanadaSince the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the government of Canada contributed $9.7 billion to 3,500 infrastructure projects.
  • On the other side New Scotlandthe government of Canada invested more $910 million in more than 275 infrastructure projects.

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For further information: Emelyana Titarenko, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 873-355-9576, [email protected]; Government of Nova Scotia, Cell: 902-718-7866, [email protected]; Christina Lamey, Communications and Information Officer, Cape Breton Regional Municipality, 902-574-0178, [email protected]; Media Relations: Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll Free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: [email protected]

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