Halifax Transit Funding Announced
Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced $2 million annually for public transit in Halifax today, July 24.
"We understand the role a robust public transit system plays in a healthy and vibrant city like Halifax," said Mr. Furey. "Having accessible and reliable transit services helps those who live, work and go to school in our capital city, and it reduces our environmental footprint."
The $2 million investment is new funding to help the municipality with capital costs of providing public transportation. Riders take more than a 100,000 trips on city buses and ferries every day. Half of the funding will support the construction of a new bus terminal on Lacewood Drive.
"Just last week we unveiled the new branding and now we're at the site of what will be a beautiful new terminal for the hundreds of passengers that pass through this area every day," said Halifax Mayor Mike Savage. "Not only will this funding help move this project along, it will play a significant role in the coming years as Halifax Transit implements other changes that will deliver transit services in more advanced and innovative ways."
The funding for Halifax is one of three public transit initiatives, totaling $3.5 million, the province is delivering to provide transportation options for Nova Scotians where transit services are available. Municipalities and community organizations outside Halifax Regional Municipality are receiving $1.5 million to provide and maintain public transit.
The initiatives are part of the 2014-15 budget to provide financial assistance for the capital and operating costs of public and community transit systems.
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Municipal Affairs Minister Mark Furey announced two-million dollars in new funding annually for public transit in Halifax today (July 24th).
Mr. Furey says government understands the role a robust public transit system plays in a healthy and vibrant city like Halifax.
He says having accessible and reliable transit services helps those who live, work and go to school in Halifax, and it reduces the environmental footprint.
The two-million dollar investment will help Halifax with capital costs to provide public transportation. Half of it will go to the construction of the new bus terminal on Lacewood Drive.
Riders take more than a 100-thousand trips on city buses and ferries every day.