Ontario Premier Doug Ford was in Orillia this afternoon to announce a nearly $20 million investment in 11 new local area transit projects.
Ford appeared alongside other Provincial and local politicians at the Orillia municipal operations centre at 20 James Street West.
More than $5.4 million will go towards four Orillia projects, including:
Nearly $3.7 million for a new transit terminal;
Nearly $1.4 million to replace 7 buses;
$226,000 for 30 accessible bus shelters; and
$185,000 for a new fare system, security cameras and bike racks on 13 buses.
"Our government is making historic investments in infrastructure to make life easier and get people moving," said Premier Ford. "When we build better transit in communities across Ontario like Barrie, Orillia and Midland, it boosts the local economy and municipalities can see increasing revenues that they can reinvest in frontline community services and programs. It's a win-win for everyone."
Nearly $275,000 is also going towards two Midland projects, including:
More than $238,000 to replace three buses; and
More than $36,500 for a new bus system to optimize ride scheduling and allow for greater accuracy in vehicle tracking.
And more than $13.6 million in five Barrie projects, including:
Nearly $7.8 million to replace 30 buses;
Nearly $3.3 million for the new Allandale Mobility Hub terminal that will connect to GO Transit;
More than $1.5 million for 21 buses for people with disabilities;
More than $900,000 to improve infrastructure, including 16 heated shelters, 100 bike racks, 750 new bus stop signs, and 135 shelters; and Nearly $110,000 for two new lay-by lane bus stops at the downtown transit hub to accommodate six buses at one time.
Nearly $110,000 for two new lay-by lane bus stops at the downtown transit hub to accommodate six buses at one time.
Local politicians on hand for the announcement included Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North, and Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.