Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in modern, green public transit for residents of Oakville

Backgrounder

Backgrounder: Canada and Ontario invest in modern, green public transit for residents of Oakville

Joint federal, provincial, and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support 14 public transit projects in the Town of Oakville, Ontario. These investments will support a healthier, sustainable, and accessible community.

The Government of Canada is investing over $26.5 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS). The Government of Ontario is contributing more than $22.1 million, while the Town of Oakville is contributing over $17.6 million.*

Project Information:

Project Name

Project Details

Federal Funding

Provincial Funding

Municipal / Other Funding

Specialized Vehicle Replacement

Replacement of 18 diesel buses with specialized zero-emission battery-electric buses, which will reduce Oakville Transit's operation and maintenance costs. Ten light duty electric bus charging stations will also be installed as part of this project.

$3,460,000

$2,883,045

$2,306,955

Specialized Vehicle Expansion

Purchase of nine additional specialized zero-emission battery-electric buses will enable expansion of service levels for both specialized and on-demand services, improving the quality and capacity of the public transit system, while reducing the fleet's carbon emissions.

$1,836,000

$1,529,847

$1,224,153

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2021

Replacement of seven diesel buses with zero-emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community. Seven charging stations will be installed to support charging of Oakville's electric bus fleet.

$3,251,000

$2,708,896

$2,167,604

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2022

Replacement of eight diesel buses with zero emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community. Eight charging stations will be installed to support charging of Oakville's electric bus fleet.

$3,624,000

$3,019,698

$2,416,302

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2023

Replacement of eight diesel buses with zero emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community.

$3,264,000

$2,719,728

$2,176,272

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2024

Replacement of six diesel buses with zero emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community.

$2,448,000

$2,039,796

$1,632,204

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2025

Replacement of eight diesel buses with zero emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community.

$3,264,000

$2,719,728

$2,176,272

Conventional Vehicle Replacement – 2026

Replacement of two diesel buses with zero emission battery-electric buses will reduce operation and maintenance costs, and provide quieter bus operations in the community.

$816,000

$679,932

$544,068

Bus Stop Accessibility Improvements

Improvements to landing pads, walkways, ramps, and curbs at approximately 249 bus stops in the city's public transit system. These upgrades will improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of the public transit system for all users.

$200,000

$166,650

$133,350

Conventional Vehicle Expansion

Purchase of seven zero-emission battery-electric buses and seven charging stations to support charging of Oakville's electric bus fleet. The seven additional vehicles will enable the city to expand the frequency of service and the number of bus routes, improving the quality and capacity of the transit system, while reducing the fleet's carbon footprint.

$3,311,524

$2,759,327

$2,207,959

Onboard WiFi and Automated Video Surveillance System

Installation of WiFi on 107 conventional and 20 specialized buses, enabling transit users to have onboard mobile device connectivity. The onboard WiFi will be integrated with the video surveillance camera system on the fleet's vehicles, enabling live streaming of onboard video during emergencies. The project will improve the overall safety and convenience of the public transit system for customers and staff.

$352,800

$293,971

$235,229

Integrated Conventional Scheduling Software

Introduction of a new automated service scheduling system that is integrated with on-demand scheduling software and driver dispatch and assignment functions. The system will facilitate scheduling of standard, specialized, and on-demand transit services, creating more efficient schedules and improving the quality of service.

$268,000

$223,311

$178,689

Intelligent Transportation System and Data Feed Upgrade

Implementation of technology upgrades to provide bus location, arrival, and departure times to transit riders via internet and a smart phone application. The upgrade will be compatible with the Metrolinx Triplinx planner, enabling transit users to do regional trip planning using the same technology. The project will result in the improved quality, safety and accessibility of the public transit system.

$225,200

$187,648

$150,152

Real-Time Scheduling Upgrade and Application with Digital Screens

Introduction of on-demand scheduling software and a real-time trip management mobile application for customers requiring specialized transit services. Three digital bus arrival display screens will also be installed at high traffic areas, enabling customers to see when their bus is scheduled to arrive. This project will increase the quality and convenience of the public transit system for its customers.

$204,000

$169,983

$136,017

*The federal and provincial governments are each contributing the maximum share of eligible costs for these projects, which are 40% and 33.33% respectively, as per the requirements of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Bilateral Agreement. Contributions from recipients may include both eligible and ineligible costs. Ineligible costs are expenditures that municipalities have chosen not to request reimbursement for or that cannot be reimbursed (e.g., property purchases, overhead costs). Cost-sharing may differ depending on recipient, such as First Nations communities. 

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