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More parking and pre-Christmas opening for Evergreen Line Project

The Province is investing $5 million to build 150 new parking spaces for the Evergreen Line Project, which will now open before Christmas, Port Moody-Coquitlam MLA Linda Reimer announced today on behalf of Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure.

The Province has worked closely with the City of Coquitlam to develop a plan and location for 150 additional parking spaces, to be built at the Lafarge Lake-Douglas Station, where the Evergreen Line ends.

“The Evergreen Line Project is over 90% complete and as we get closer to opening day, we want to make it as easy as possible for people to get out of their cars and use public transit like the Evergreen extension. This extra parking project will be the final construction milestone to be reached and I’d like to thank the thousands of people involved in the construction of the Evergreen Line Project for their hard work as they move this vital transportation project closer to completion.”

– Todd Stone, BC Minister of Transportation


Read the full press release from the Government of British Columbia here.

Image from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Flickr.

Alstom to maintain Ottawa’s light rail transit system

Alstom has been selected by Rideau Transit Maintenance General Partnership (RTM) to maintain the city of Ottawa’s light rail transit system, called the O-Train Confederation Line. The contract – which is worth approximately €125 million (CAD$180 million) – follows a contract signed in 2013 to supply 34 Citadis Spirit light rail vehicles to the city of Ottawa.

Alstom will maintain the entire line, which involves the maintenance of the tracks, the operating control system, the power substation, as well as the signalling and communications systems, for a period of 30 years.  The line – which will be 12.5 km long and include 13 stations – is expected to begin full revenue service in 2018. Alstom is currently assembling the Citadis Spirit vehicles at the Belfast Yard facility in Ottawa, the site of the operator OC Transpo.

The Ottawa project marks the entry of Alstom’s Citadis Spirit into the North American market. Designed for high capacity, Citadis Spirit will be able to operate in extreme cold weather and circulate at speeds of up to 100 km/hour, reducing travel time between suburban areas and the city centre. Once all Citadis Spirit vehicles have been delivered, the assembly area at Belfast Yard will be converted into a maintenance centre, where Alstom will maintain the vehicles for a period of 30 years.

Read the full press release here.

Canada and Alberta Reach Agreement under New Federal Infrastructure Funding Programs

The governments of Canada and Alberta are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future.

Investing in local infrastructure ensures Canadians have safe water and wastewater treatment systems that they can rely on. It also supports efficient, affordable and sustainable public transit systems to get to work, school and public services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.

Today, Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $1.08 billion in funding available under two new federal programs – the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.

“Infrastructure is the foundation of the Canada we want to build for tomorrow. The Government of Canada recognizes that we need a solid partnership with all orders of government to support infrastructure and create good, well-paying jobs that can help the middle class grow and prosper today. We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Alberta, which will make over $1.08 billion in funding available so that Alberta communities can address their specific infrastructure priorities, while helping grow the middle class with good, well-paying jobs.” – Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding – more than $543 million – for projects supported through these programs and the provincial government and municipalities will provide the balance of funding.

“Working together, we are improving people’s access to clean water, improved wastewater treatment facilities and public transportation, all while supporting economic growth. These investments not only help Albertans get back to work, they also mean better services and better quality of life for everyone.” – Brian Mason, Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation

Also announced today was an initial list of approved projects in Alberta under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund and the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The list includes important investments in 46 transit projects across Edmonton to support critical planning for the city’s next LRT expansion, as well as buses, LRT cars and significant infrastructure upgrades for the city’s existing transit system. It also includes 17 water and wastewater projects, such as a regional water supply system extension in Bonnyville that will give residents access to clean and reliable drinking water, supporting future growth and quality of life, and better protecting the local environment.

“I’d like to thank both the provincial and federal governments for their commitment to infrastructure investments in our city and I look forward to continuing our work together to support an effective public transportation system in Edmonton. It’s a critical component of infrastructure that supports the success of this city and its residents.” – Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

Read the full press release from the Government of Alberta here.
Image from Edmonton Mayor’s Office Twitter.

Canada and Ontario sign agreement for Public Transit Infrastructure Funding

The Government of Canada remains committed to making significant investments in infrastructure that will improve our public transit systems, strengthen Canadian communities, and help create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future.

Today, the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, announced a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $2.97 billion in combined funding – by the Government of Canada, Ontario, and municipalities – for projects across the province.

This agreement will reduce commute times and make public transit more efficient and inclusive, so that millions of people spend less time waiting in traffic, and more time doing the things they love.

These investments mean renewed and expanded transit systems, upgraded transit vehicles, timely repairs to subway tracks, new public transit express routes, and enhanced accessibility that will help improve the quality of life for Ontarians.

“I am delighted Ontario has reached an agreement with the federal government on the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This partnership between Ontario, the federal government and our municipalities builds on the historic infrastructure investments Ontario is already making as part of our economic plan for jobs and growth. The projects supported through this new agreement will make people’s everyday transit experiences better and support the growth of our low-carbon economy for decades.”
— The Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

Read the full press release from the Government of Canada here.

Eglinton Crosstown Tunnelling Complete

Tunnelling is now complete on the 10-kilometre underground tunnel of the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (LRT) line.

Today, tunnel boring machines (TBMs) Don and Humber, boring the eastern segment tunnels, arrived at Yonge Street having travelled 3,300 metres from where they started just east of Brentcliffe Road in September 2015. In total, Don and Humber installed 26,178 precast concrete tunnel segments, which formed 4,363 rings. TBMs Dennis and Lea completed tunnelling on the western segment of the Crosstown when they reached Yonge Street in May 2016.

New, modern light rail vehicles operating on tracks separated from regular traffic will offer fast, efficient service and improve travel for people across the region by enabling travel up to 60 per cent faster than existing bus service. The Eglinton Crosstown LRT will also help fight climate change by managing greenhouse gas emissions from Ontario’s transportation sector. The new LRT line will have 25 stations and stops along Eglinton Avenue between Weston Road and Kennedy Station, and will also link to 54 bus routes, three TTC interchange subway stations, and GO Transit.

“Having our east tunnel boring machines reach Yonge Street is another exciting progress milestone for the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project. With tunnelling now complete for both the east and west segments of the line and construction underway on many underground stations, our vision of a modern, integrated transit line in Toronto that connects to three subway stations, three GO stations, and an UP Express station is even closer to becoming a reality.” Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO, Metrolinx

Read the full Government of Ontario press release here.

Image from Metrolinx twitter.