Capital Region communities receive $21.4 million for green transit
The Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) is granting funds to four regional municipalities to support purchases of buses and new park and ride infrastructure in the Capital Region.
The Alberta Government’s commitment to accessible, rider-friendly public transit includes support for new commuter and local buses for Strathcona County, Spruce Grove and Beaumont and, a new park-and-ride facility in Fort Saskatchewan.
The grants are in addition to $30 million already committed for new electric buses in St. Albert and development of regional smart fare technology to make it easier for transit users to get around the entire Capital Region.
“The transit projects we are supporting will connect Albertans throughout the Capital Region to the jobs and services they depend on. We are committed to investing in a modern, safe, efficient public transit network that supports economic growth while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”
“As priorities identified through the collaboration of the members of the Capital Region Board (CRB), today’s GreenTRIP announcements are appreciated, not only as significant contributions to their communities but also to the region as a whole. They are valued as recognition of the province’s growing commitment to regional growth planning in partnership with the CRB. This new relationship is vital as we plan for the efficient movement of the next million people who are projected to come to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region in the next 30 years.”
GreenTRIP Projects in the Capital Region
- 22 new double decker buses (Strathcona): $10.7 million
- Six commuter buses, four local buses, a park-and-ride facility, and a bus storage facility (Spruce Grove): $7.3 million
- Four low-floor commuter buses and related transit infrastructure (Beaumont): $1.2 million
- 200 stall park-and-ride facility (Ft. Saskatchewan): $2.2 million
In total, GreenTRIP has committed $800 million to expand and promote public transit in the Capital Region.