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Friday, September 20, 2019

Possible Saugeen Moblity Transit Funding

Walkerton | by Robyn Garvey  

The Province has nominated SMART for federal funding.

Some promising news for Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit (SMART) it looks like some much needed infrastructure dollars may be flowing its way.

The Province has nominated SMART for federal funding under the Public Transit stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.

The infrastructure funding is needed to purchase 11 new specialized busses for SMART which boasted a ridership of just over 36 thousand last year.

The total project is 768 thousand dollars.

Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program this grant program is a shared venture between the Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments.

MPP Bill Walker says the Province has committed 256 thousand dollars towards the project and he is hopeful the Federal government will see fit to approve its share as well.

He says SMART is a cause worth getting behind as it provides transit services to some of this region's most vulnerable.

MPP Lisa Thompson adds  that she is very excited about the upcoming bus purchases saying "SMART does a great job providing accessible transportation services to people in need across our region."

SMART Board President and Southgate Mayor John Woodbury agrees.

He is thrilled with the Provincial nomination of SMART to the Federal government for infrastructure funding.

With so many economic challenges facing SMART, Woodbury says this funding is coming at an ideal time as SMART is in need of updating its aging vehicles..

With the Provincial dollars in hand, it is now a matter of SMART awaiting the Federal governments approval for its portion of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program for Public Transit.

SMART (Saugeen Mobility and Regional Transit) is made up of nine municipalities across Grey and Bruce including: Arran-Elderslie, Brockton, Chatsworth, Hanover, Huron-Kinloss, Kincardine, Saugeen Shores, Southgate and West Grey.


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