Funding Announced for Machin Handi Transit Bus


DRYDEN – “Efficient transportation is a challenge in northwestern Ontario due to the rural and remote nature of the region. Modern public transit will help make municipalities across Ontario stronger, more inclusive and sustainable, and I’m very pleased to see Machin receive this funding for the purchase of a new handi transit bus,” says Bob Nault, MP (Kenora Riding).

The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments to create jobs and grow the middle class now while building a foundation for a strong, sustainable economic future. Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient and affordable transit services that help Canadians to safely get to and from work, school and other activities on time.

MP Bob Nault, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, today announced a federal contribution of $51,563 for a new public transit project in Machin.

The funding will allow for the purchase of 1 new replacement handi transit bus to improve reliability for trips to Dryden for medical appointments, pharmacy, shopping, visiting, meals and more.

This project is part of a list of 15 new projects in three Northern Ontario municipalities announced on March 14th, 2017, under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF). The federal government is providing up to 50 per cent of funding for these projects and the provincial government and municipalities will provide the balance of funding.

This investment is part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

“This partnership with the federal government will help us meet our ongoing commitment to invest in infrastructure and expand transit in our northern communities. We are improving reliability and customer service, so that everyone in the community of Machin can get to school, work and their appointments quickly and more dependably,” states Glenn Thibeault, Ontario Minister of Energy and Member of Provincial Parliament for Sudbury, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation.

“This new handi transit bus that replaces our aging transit vehicle will help keep the people of Machin connected, while providing reliable transportation to-and-from Dryden for those who need it. By continuing to work together with our provincial and federal partners, we will ensure that communities in the north remain sustainable and accessible,” says Mayor Drew Myers.  Municipality of Machin.

Quick Fact

  • This funding is part of the first phase of Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada’s historic plan to support public infrastructure across the country.
  • The Government of Canada will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
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