Accessibility improvements announced for transit in St. John’s

The governments of Canada and St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador are making infrastructure investments that will help create jobs, grow the middle class, and support a high standard of living for Canadians and their families for years to come.

New federal and provincial funding will improve accessibility on St. John's transit.  Photo by Sébastien Blanchard via Wikimedia Commons.
New federal and provincial funding will improve accessibility on St. John’s transit. Photo by Sébastien Blanchard via Wikimedia Commons.

Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and Dave Lane, City Councillor at Large announced over $761,000 towards improving the public transit service in  the city.

The governments of Canada and St. John’s are both contributing over $380,000 for four projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

“The City of St. John’s is pleased to contribute over $380,870 to help improve accessibility and efficiency of our transportation system. The comprehensive transportation review, accessible shelters, and technological upgrades will make a positive difference in our community and in the lives of our residents for many years to come,” said City Councillor Dave Lane.

The projects range from the addition of wheelchair accessible transit shelters to the installation of a new tire balancing machine to allow for in-house servicing, as well as a high tech computer system to improve overall system reliability and functionality.

“The Government of Canada recognizes how important investing in public transit infrastructure is to building strong, sustainable communities and creating economic growth. This funding will support a modern and accessible public transportation in St. John’s, improving service and providing a better commuting experience for all transit customers, every day,” said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.

These critical upgrades will modernize the existing bus fleet, improve rider experience, and establish a stronger, more inclusive and sustainable public transportation system for the city’s population.

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