Published May 19, 2022.

Toronto, Ontario – The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) thanks the Nova Scotia government following an announcement of $5 million in public transit funding made last week by Public Works Minister Kim Masland.

Through the Community Transportation Assistance Program and Public Transit Assistance Program, these funds will help 20 door-to-door community transportation services to keep running as well as help another seven systems purchase new buses to operate on fixed routes.

“CUTA extends thanks to Premier Tim Houston and the Government of Nova Scotia for their recently announced funding for public transit. The province’s investment will provide Nova Scotians with improved access to more reliable, frequent, affordable, and environmentally sustainable transport options,” said CUTA President Marco D’Angelo.

“As fuel prices continue to rise, Nova Scotians more than ever, need robust municipal transit. The investment of $2 million in operating funds and $2.9 million in capital funds will help to ensure municipalities in Nova Scotia can keep transit running for those who rely on it daily,” D’Angelo added.

“The Halifax Regional Municipality is making significant capital investments in integrated, reliable, and accessible transit for our residents,” said Dave Reage, Executive Director, Halifax Transit, and Vice-Chair, Finance, CUTA Board.  “This funding from the Government of Nova Scotia will certainly help us achieve the goal of long-term sustainability of our public transit service.”

In 2020, Halifax alone logged more than 8.25 million trips on public transit. As more people return to in-person work, school and social events, it is essential to make public transit a more viable option. Communities across the province will have improved access to public transit, which is essential to reduce emissions and to reduce congestion. Nova Scotia’s support at this time is needed and welcome.

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Alex Krause

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