The governments of Canada and British Columbia invest in NextRide technology
Victoria, British Columbia, July 18, 2023 — Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, the Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, and Erinn Pinkerton, President and Chief Executive Officer of BC Transit, announced a joint investment of more than $16.8 million to expand the adoption of NextRide technology in British Columbia’s public transit system.
NextRide uses state-of-the art technology like Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) hardware and Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) software to improve data collection for public transit systems. This investment will enable the procurement of AVL hardware and CAD software for up to 638 buses within 21 regional transit systems across British Columbia. It will also enable improvements to public transit accessibility, with automatic voice annunciators and visual displays in buses for upcoming stops.
Expanding NextRide technology will ensure BC Transit’s conventional fleet is using one operational data solution while providing important information about current vehicle locations, schedule adherence, breakdowns, and other emergencies. It will also pass real-time location information to transit users through vehicle head signs, and mobile and third-party web-based applications.
Updating the technology used by regional transit systems across the province will allow riders to plan their trips accordingly. Improving the reliability and efficiency of public transit encourages more people to choose cleaner modes of transportation.
By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country’s economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.
“Investing in modern technology and data solutions is a sure-fire way to improve the reliability and efficiency of public transit. Expanding NextRide technology across the province will encourage ridership by allowing British Columbians to plan their commute in real-time and track when their bus will arrive and depart. Our government remains committed to improving public transit infrastructure and building greener, more accessible, and better-connected communities.”
Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“Our government continues to invest in public transit infrastructure that makes taking the bus more reliable. The expansion of real-time bus location information across regional transit systems in our Province makes it easier and more convenient for British Columbians to plan their bus trips online, which saves people time and makes cleaner modes of travel more accessible for everyone.”
The Honourable Rob Fleming, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
“An upgraded NextRide will offer our customers real-time transit information about bus locations, route schedules and detours. This modern technology helps riders better plan their travel, saving them time as they go about their day. We’re thankful to work with our funding partners to bring NextRide to our transit systems across the province, and we look ahead with excitement as we start planning the implementation of this upgraded and expanded service.”
Erinn Pinkerton, President and Chief Executive Officer of BC Transit
The Government of Canada is investing $5,717,437 in this project, while the Government of British Columbia is contributing $6,784,777. Local governments are contributing $4,385,787.
The Government of Canada’s funding comes from the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
This stream supports the building, expansion, and upgrading of urban and rural transit networks.
Investments in public transit help Canadians get where they need to be, create new manufacturing and construction jobs, reduce pollution, and make life more affordable.
Including today’s announcement, 48 infrastructure projects or project bundles under the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream have been funded in British Columbia, with a total federal contribution of more than $2.4 billion and a total provincial contribution of nearly $3.7 billion.
The Government of Canada is investing $14.9 billion over the next eight years in reliable, fast, affordable, and clean public transit. This funding includes $3 billion per year in permanent, predictable federal public transit funding which will be available to support transit solutions beginning in 2026-27.
Since 2015, the Government of Canada has invested over $24.8 billion in transit projects across the country, providing Canadians with cleaner and more efficient commuting options.
Under the Investing in Canada Plan, the federal government 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.
Infrastructure Canada helps address complex challenges that Canadians face every day—ranging from the rapid growth of our cities, to climate change, and environmental threats to our water and land.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
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