London residents to benefit from improved public transit and active transportation infrastructure

News release

London, Ontario, August 23, 2019— Strategic investments in public transit and local active transportation infrastructure play a key role in supporting efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation services that help Londoners and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and safely back home at the end of a long day.

Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre and Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; along with his Worship Ed Holder, Mayor of the City of London today announced funding for ten public transit and active transportation infrastructure projects in the City.

Several of the projects involve improvements to transit routes and infrastructure, including new buses, transit lanes and hubs, intersections, sidewalks and cycling paths. Londoners who use public transit will benefit from new bus shelters as well as the addition of 31 new diesel buses, an expanded express service and better connections to both current routes and the proposed rapid transit corridor. Transit users and residents will benefit from improved safety, shorter travel times, and improved service reliability thanks to new intelligent traffic lights with transit sensors.

The Government of Canada is investing over $123 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Ontario is providing more than $103 million to the projects, while the City of London is contributing more than $82 million. 

Quotes

“Upgrading public transit helps our communities provide efficient and reliable services that transform the way Londoners live, move, and work. The projects announced today will provide residents and commuters with the infrastructure needed to travel across the community safely. This is an excellent example of how we are working to build stronger, more sustainable infrastructure that will serve communities now and in the future.”

Peter Fragiskatos, Member of Parliament for London North Centre on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Investing in public transit infrastructure helps build sustainable communities, encourages economic growth and strengthens the middle class. The projects we are celebrating today will improve transit services and active transportation options, promoting healthier and safer ways for commuters to get where they need to be.”

Kate Young, Member of Parliament for London West , on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“This investment represents the single largest infrastructure project in London’s history and will improve mobility for all Londoners, regardless of how they travel. In addition, these 10 transit projects will also stimulate job growth and road safety improvements. After years of division and delay, London is finally on the move.”

His Worship Ed Holder, Mayor of the City of London

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing 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 is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
    • More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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Ann-Clara Vaillancourt
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-697-3778
ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca

Adam Thompson
Manager, Government and External Relations
City of London
519-854-4767
athompson@london.ca

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