May 18, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Ground was broken in Fredericton today for the city's new transit operations centre.
Kelly Lamrock, attorney general and minister of social development, joined Keith Ashfield, minister of national revenue, minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and minister for the Atlantic Gateway, and Fredericton Mayor Brad Woodside for today's event.
Lamrock said the facility will improve transit services in the city.
"The provincial government is pleased to work directly with the City of Fredericton on this project," said Lamrock. "This operations centre will build capacity for future fleet and service enhancements. Using the reliable Fredericton Transit is a great idea this summer and next with the closure of the Princess Margaret Bridge. There is a wonderful opportunity for residents and commuters to get in the habit of parking their vehicles and reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions year-round."
Lamrock spoke on behalf of Transportation Minister Denis Landry.
Fredericton Transit operates eight bus routes throughout the municipality. The transit centre will provide a storage and service facility for the fleet of 28 transit buses and three para-transit buses and allow for future growth of services.
"Our government understands that public transit plays an important role in strengthening the economy and contributing to a healthier, more sustainable environment," said Ashfield. "Construction of the new Transit Operations Centre will allow for improved transit services in the City of Fredericton now and into the future."
The total cost for this project is $6.1 million with a federal contribution of $5.7 million from the 2006 Public Transit Capital Trust and $423,000 from the City of Fredericton.
"I want to thank the Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick for their support of this important piece of infrastructure in our community," said Woodside. "This new building will allow for a more efficient transit operation and better protection of our transit fleet."
The Department of Transportation, in co-operation with municipal transit agencies, is responsible for implementing five-year capital investment plans for transit service development under the Public Transit Capital Trust. The trust fund is administered by the Regional Development Corporation.
The federal and provincial governments are working together to create jobs and boost the economy, while making significant investments that help communities improve their infrastructure. Both levels of government have agreed to work together to ensure that these funds are delivered quickly and efficiently so that construction can begin as soon as possible.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634; James Kusie, Office of the federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, 613-991-0700; Wayne Knorr, communications manager, City of Fredericton, 506-460-2181.