Governments of Canada and Ontario invests in new fleet of Autogas buses
The governments of Canada and Ontario are taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities as they adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why both governments are investing in a safe and reliable public transit infrastructure and recently announced funding for two projects that will modernise and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transport system.
One project involves the replacement of existing transit buses with 69 new, specialised, 8-metre Autogas buses as the current fleet reaches the end of its planned service lifecycle. The new LPG-powered buses, with side-mounted lift, will provide accessible transit in Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon, and are capable of carrying as many as six wheelchair passengers.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.5 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing close to $3 million, and the Region of Peel is contributing more than $2.3 million.
“These investments will help make sure there’s accessible public transit, powered by lower-emissions LPG, for residents across Peel Region, throughout Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities,” said Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.
“Making it easier for families to travel in, out, and around Peel region is a priority of our government. Improving public transit accessibility by expanding the Peel Transhelp fleet with more energy efficient buses will help keep Peel moving safely and efficiently for all who call our Region home,” commented Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, and Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton South.
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17 February 2021