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Whitehorse residents to benefit from improved public transit services and local road infrastructure

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Infrastructure Canada 
Jul 25, 2019, 14:15 ET

WHITEHORSEJuly 25, 2019 /CNW/ – Strategic investments in public transit and local road infrastructure play a key role in supporting efficient, affordable and sustainable transportation services that help Yukoners and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and safely back home at the end of a long day.

Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable John StreickerYukon Minister of Community Services; and His Worship Dan Curtis, Mayor of the City of Whitehorse, today announced funding for two public transit and two local road projects in the City.

The first two projects include the replacement of four buses from the existing fleet and building a new transit hub station in the city at the south east corner of 2nd Avenue and Steele Street. The new buses and transit hub will ensure residents in Whitehorse will have access to inclusive, efficient and safe public transit services around the city.

Funding will also go towards the reconstruction of Tlingit Street in the Marwell East section of Whitehorse, as well as various replacements and upgrades to road and sewer infrastructure on Cook Street.

The Government of Canada is investing $13.2 million in these projects through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The Government of Yukon is providing over $3.3 million to the project, with the City of Whitehorse contributing $245,000.

Quotes

“Upgrading public transit helps our communities provide efficient and reliable services that transform the way Yukoners live, move, and work. The projects announced today will provide the residents of the city of Whitehorse with the infrastructure needed to travel across the community safely. This is an excellent example of what Yukoners can do when we work together at all levels of government to build stronger, more self-sustaining communities.”

Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Transit that meets the needs of residents is key to keeping our capital city inclusive, accessible and sustainable. Given its size, Whitehorse sets a standard for public transit in Canada. It’s great to see this investment in public transit and we look forward to further collaboration with the City of Whitehorse and the Government of Canada.”

The Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister of Community Services

“Over the years we’ve seen sustained growth in the number of people who use public transit. Any external funding we receive helps us improve the buses we use and the roads we drive on every day. We thank the federal and territorial governments for their continued support as we strive to enhance the way people travel within the city.”

His Worship Dan Curtis, Mayor of the City of Whitehorse

Quick facts

  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
    • $28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects, including $5 billion available for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
    • More than $10.1 billion of this funding is supporting trade and transportation projects, including $5 billionavailable for investment through the Canada Infrastructure Bank.
    • $2 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects that meet the unique needs of rural and northern communities like facilities to support food security, local access roads and enhanced broadband connectivity. In addition, $400 million is being delivered through the Arctic Energy Fund to advance energy security in the territories.
    • $4 billion of this funding is supporting infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities.
  • On June 27, 2019, the Government of Canada launched two new strategies: Canada’s Connectivity Strategy, which commits to connect all Canadians to high-speed internet, and Canada’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy, which will spur economic growth and create good, middle class jobs for rural Canadians across the country.
  • The Rural Economic Development Strategy leverages ongoing federal investments and provides a vision for the future, identifying practical steps to take in the short term, and serving as a foundation to guide further work.
  • Central to Canada’s Connectivity Strategy are historic new investments that are mobilizing up to $6 billion toward universal connectivity. They include a top-up to the Connect to Innovate Program, a new Universal Broadband Fund, and investments from the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

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Whitehorse residents to benefit from improved public transit services and local road infrastructure

Joint federal, territorial and municipal funding through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan will support four projects including public transit and road infrastructure improvements.

The Government of Canada is investing $13.2 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS), the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) and the Rural and Northern Infrastructure Stream (RNIS). The Government of Yukon is contributing over $3.3 million. The City of Whitehorse is contributing $245,000 total to these projects.

Project Information:

Project Name

Fund

Project Details

Federal Funding

Territorial Funding

Municipal Funding

Other Funding

Whitehorse Transit Services: Bus Replacement

PTIS

Replacement of four 40-foot fully accessible buses from the City of Whitehorse’s existing bus fleet that have reached their end of life. Replacement buses will improve the capacity of the public transit infrastructure by increasing service level.

$1,650,000

$550,000

$0

$0

Whitehorse Transit Station/Hub at 2nd Avenue and Steele Street

PTIS

This new building will be located in the heart of Whitehorse’s central business section and consist of a heated waiting area, public toilets, bike racks and landscaping. With ridership increasing annually, the project aims to improve the quality of Whitehorse’s public transit system.

$675,000

$225,000

$75,000

$0

Tlingit Street Reconstruction

GIS

The reconstruction of Tlingit street will include the installation of a roadway surface as well as 500 metres of wastewater and storm sewers where there currently are none. The adjacent water main on Galena Road will also be replaced.

$3,000,000

$975,000

$70,000

Kwanlin Dün First Nation

$400,000

RNIS

$1,125,000

City of Whitehorse Downtown Reconstruction – Cook Street

 

RNIS

Completion of various replacements and upgrades to the road and sewer infrastructure for Cook Street in the City of Whitehorse. The project will also replace the street’s underground water and sewer infrastructure, and upgrade a 1.2 km road section. A multi-use trail from Black Street to Ogilvie Street will also be developed.

$6,750,000

$1,617,591

$100,000

$0

Associated links

Investing in Canada Plan Project Map:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map

Federal infrastructure investments in Yukon:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/investments-2002-investissements/yt-eng.html

Investing in CanadaCanada’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan:
http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/icp-publication-pic-eng.html

Rural Opportunity, National Prosperity: An Economic Development Strategy for Rural Canada:
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html

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For further information: Ann-Clara Vaillancourt, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, 613-697-3778, ann-clara.vaillancourt@canada.ca; Bonnie Venton Ross, Communications Analyst, Department of Community Services, Government of Yukon, 867-332-5513, Bonnie.VentonRoss@gov.yk.ca; Matthew Cameron, Cabinet Communications, Government of Yukon, 867-332-7136, matthew.cameron@gov.yk.ca; Myles Dolphin, Manager Strategic, Communications, City of Whitehorse, 867-689-0515, myles.dolphin@whitehorse.ca; Media Relations, Infrastructure Canada, 613-960-9251, Toll free: 1-877-250-7154, Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca

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