Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:03

Pincher Creek, Turner Valley and Black Diamond to improve transit systems

Written by  Demi Knight
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With the increased demand for better public transit infrastructures within small towns and cities, the government of Canada is working with the government of Alberta to give the communities what they need to reduce air pollution and build upon their economic growth by creating more accessible routes to the public.

Together the federal and provincial government is working to provide $1.3 million for new transit projects within 3 southern Albertan communities.
Alberta’s minister of infrastructure and Transportation, Brian Mason says these kinds of investments are pivotal to communities throughout the province to better support local growth.

“Regional public transit is critical for residents in smaller cities and towns, giving residents better access to jobs, health care, education, recreation and shopping in larger centres, while supporting local growth.”
One town receiving funding as part of the newly announced plan is Pincher Creek. With enough money being given to the town to purchase a fully accessible compressed natural gas bus, as well as funding to build 5 new bus shelters to improve both the resident’s safety and comfort while using public transport.

Turner Valley and Black Diamond will also be seeing changes made to their communities thanks to these new grants.
In Turner Valley, a new park and ride facility will be in the works as well as public washrooms for the user’s convenience.
Whereas the funding being given to Black Diamond will go towards developing the town’s inter-municipal transit system as well as allowing the town to purchase 3 new wheelchair accessible transit vehicles.

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