Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, visited Sault Ste. Marie to discuss new investments in public transit. The Prime Minister, along with Member of Parliament Terry Sheehan, Mayor Christian Provenzano, and MPP David Orazietti met with employees of the Sault Ste. Marie bus barn to talk about the Liberal government’s plan to invest $3.4 billion in public transit over the next three years.
“As a former city councilor, I know the importance of investments in public transit. I’m very pleased with the commitment our government is making to build stronger communities and the Prime Minister’s visit to Sault Ste. Marie demonstrates his commitment to following through on this government’s election promises,” stated Sheehan.
According to the Sault Ste. Marie transit website, the city’s transit system covers eight major bus routes and three community bus routes, which are serviced by a fleet of 26 conventional buses, two medium duty buses, and Parabus services. In 2013, the transit system provided 1.95 million passenger trips.
“Infrastructure, like transit, is critical to building stronger communities, growing the economy, and creating jobs. Our historic plan to invest more than $120 billion in infrastructure over the next ten years will put the people of Sault Ste. Marie and all Canadians in a better economic position for the future.”
“The Prime Minister visit to Sault Ste. Marie clearly shows he is committed to ensuring that Canada has a 21st century transit system in communities across the country,” said Sheehan.
“In last month’s budget, we announced $3.4 billion in investments in public transit over the next three years, starting this year. These investments will improve the reliability and efficiency of public transit systems, strengthen communities and grow Canada’s economy. Here in Ontario, this will mean an investment of nearly $1.5 billion over the next three years to achieve those goals. That could mean millions for public transit right here in Sault Ste. Marie, subject to agreement with the province,” stated Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
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