Successful projects

The Alberta Community Transit Fund provided municipalities with funding to help expand Alberta’s transit system, green Alberta’s transit fleet and increase transit ridership.

33 successful municipal projects were selected on March 7, 2019. The program provides $215 million over 4 years, starting in 2019-20, $141.4 million of which is through the Climate Leadership Plan.

Community Project Provincial ACT Fund Grant (40-50% of total project cost)
Town of Beaumont Smart Fare and Smart Bus Technology $164,800
Municipal District of Big Horn Transit Feasibility Study $14,400
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 2) $1,350,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Construction: Transit Infrastructure - Canmore $2,108,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Driver Training Technology $100,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Construction: Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge $2,000,000
Bow Valley Regional Transit Services Commission Construction: Ticket Vending Machines $180,000
City of Calgary Light Rail Vehicle Purchase: Electric (Up to 15) $85,203,011
City of Calgary Bus Purchase: Compressed Natural Gas (Up to 52) $13,568,000
City of Calgary Construction: Transit Network Optimization $900,000
Town of Cochrane Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 5) $2,125,000
City of Cold Lake Construction: Transit Storage Facility $680,840
Town of Devon Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 2) $250,000
City of Edmonton Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 19) $15,500,000
City of Edmonton Terwillegar: Construction, Planning and Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 9)
  • 50% of peak hour transit fleet on corridor will be electric buses on opening day
  • 100% of corridor fleet will be electric once new transit facility is complete
  • New transit facility completion anticipated in 2030
$24,612,000
City of Edmonton Planning and Design: Ellerslie Park and Ride Transit Centre $2,000,000
City of Edmonton Stadium LRT Station - Design and Construction $11,936,000
City of Edmonton Transit Bus Garage - Planning and Design $14,000,000
City of Edmonton 40 Ave Capital Line LRT Station - Planning and Design $1,200,000
City of Edmonton Transit Network Optimization: Planning, Design and Construction $20,000,000
City of Fort Saskatchewan Smart Fare and Smart Bus Technology $93,600
City of Fort Saskatchewan Bus Purchase: Electric (1) $163,750
City of Leduc Smart Fare and Smart Bus Technology $147,600
City of Lethbridge Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 7) and Solar Charging System $8,209,849
City of Medicine Hat Construction: Bus Stop Infrastructure $160,000
City of Red Deer Construction: Transit Terminals - North and South $2,484,800
County of Red Deer Bus Purchase: Compressed Natural Gas (Up to 2) and Construction: Bus Stop Infrastructure $480,000
City of Spruce Grove Construction: Bus Stop Infrastructure $244,050
City of Spruce Grove Smart Fare and Smart Bus Technology $75,100
City of Spruce Grove Bus Purchase: Electric (1) $520,000
City of St. Albert Bus Purchase: Electric (Up to 4) and Electric Power Back-up $4,250,000
Town of Stony Plain Bus Purchase: Gas (Up to 2) and Construction: Bus Stop Infrastructure $220,000
Town of Stony Plain Smart Fare and Smart Bus Technology $59,200

In addition, eligible applicants can apply for federal funding to improve and expand existing public transit systems through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Public Transit stream.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants included:

  • municipalities (cities, towns, villages, summer villages, specialized municipalities, municipal districts, improvement districts and special areas)
  • Metis Settlements
  • transit commissions or regional transit authorities established by the provincial government, such as a regional transit services commission established under the Municipal Government Act

The program will fund up to:

  • 40% of eligible costs for the highest ranked projects (i.e., low-emission buses)
  • 50% of eligible costs (i.e., zero emission buses, transit centre retrofits that reduce GHGs)

Indigenous communities, private and non-profit organizations could also apply for funding in partnership with an eligible municipality.

Evaluation process

This program was merit-based. Project were evaluated on the level of regional collaboration that went into developing the project proposed and its environmental, social and economic benefits.

Applicants also had to:

  • demonstrate how their project was aligned with an integrated transportation and land-use plan, and
  • conduct a Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)

Reporting

Funding recipients are required to report on the ongoing project benefits annually for a minimum of 5 years after the project is completed, including:

  • service area populations
  • ridership
  • greenhouse gas emission reductions
  • employment impacts
  • number of affordable housing units within 800 metres of a major transit centre

Contact

Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Closed on statutory holidays
Phone: 780-643-6700
Toll-free: dial 310-0000 before the number
Email: act.fund@gov.ab.ca

Address:

Public Transportation and Climate Leadership
Strategy and Policy Branch
Corporate Strategies and Services Division
Alberta Transportation
Twin Atria Building
3rd Floor, 4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3

News

Alberta invests in greener public transit (Aug. 14, 2018)