Governments of Canada, Alberta will provide over $3.3 billion in federal funding to province over next decade
A fleet of electric buses will soon be arriving in Edmonton, paid for by the governments of Canada, Alberta, and Edmonton.
“We’re investing in transportation options that make Edmontonians’ lives better. That means folks will have more time to spend with their family, rather than sitting in traffic,” said Brian Mason, Alberta minister of transportation.
“We are making it easier for people to get work, visit their friends and enjoy this beautiful city. Green buses and Edmonton’s LRT system means cleaner air, better jobs and a more connected city.”
The Government of Canada is providing more than $21.5 million for new buses through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The Government of Alberta is contributing approximately $10.8 million of GreenTRIP funding and the City of Edmonton is providing more than $10.8 million.
“Public transit infrastructure funding allows communities to build the new urban transit networks and service extensions they need to keep pace with the way Canadians live, move and work now and into the future,” said Amarjeet Sohi, federal minister of infrastructure and communities.
I am so pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in these new electric buses, which will not only decrease air pollution but improve services so Edmontonians can spend less time in transit and more time with their families.”
On April 3 Canada and Alberta announced the signing of a bilateral agreement that will provide more than $3.3 billion in federal funding to the province over the next decade.
The City of Edmonton will receive up to $878 million under its public transit stream.
“Today’s investment is a recognition from the Government of Canada and the Province that cities play a critical role in addressing climate change. The electrification of our bus fleet will allow us to accelerate our leadership on energy transition and reduce Edmonton’s overall carbon footprint,” said Don Iveson, mayor, Edmonton.
For the city, adding these energy-efficient buses will reduce costs and harmful emissions, promoting a greener way of life for all Edmontonians.