The City of Elliot Lake will receive over $680,000 in provincial and federal funding to support the expansion and improvement of the Elliot Lake Transit System.
The announcement came a few days after Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna and Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott announced funding for 30 similar projects in central, northern, and southern Ontario.
The municipality made an application to the Public Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan aimed at “reviewing and improving overall accessibility and operations for a more reliable and higher quality service provided,” according to a press release issued on Sept. 23.
The project involves a review existing transit routes and services in addition to a capital review for new route development and schedules as well as a capital plan for implementation.
“The capital plan will include phased in purchases for fleet, on board equipment for tracking/accessibility, rehabilitations of existing stop structures for improved accessibility, and installation of new structures or new or existing stops on routes,” said the City in a press release.
“The scope of the project includes the entire Elliot Lake Transit System including both conventional and specialized services. The project will begin with a detailed review of existing transit routes and stops and provide a detailed design of a new route system and capital to implement the system to improve access for all those in the community.”
The review of existing infrastructure will include 140 existing stops and 25 existing shelters.
The expected outcomes of the project include the installation of an estimated 25 to 30 new shelters, new fleet to meet new routes and demand, and new tracking and reservation technology.
“These expected outcomes are estimates until such a time the review would be completed,” said the City.
The Government of Canada is contributing $375,000 to the project, while the Province of Ontario is contributing $312,469. Elliot Lake’s contribution accounts for 26.67 per cent of the total cost of the project at $250,031.
As reported to city council previously, Elliot Lake may use the gas tax funds (historically averaged at $120,000 annually) that are for transit towards their contribution. Over the span of the project, the municipality’s contribution is expected to be $83,000 per year.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $23 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. The Government of Ontario is providing over $19.1 million, while the municipalities are contributing more than $17.5 million in total.
Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star