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Canada invests in accessible public transit infrastructure 

Back view of man in his electric wheelchair at underground platform waiting for train with motion blur of passing train in the background

The Government of Canada is investing more than $3.5 million in projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) that will create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and make communities more inclusive and resilient. 

Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding for two projects that will modernize and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transit system.

“Ontarians need safe and reliable public transit to get to work and home, to appointments, shop for essentials, and conduct business. Strategic investments in accessible public transportation infrastructure play a key role in delivering this service.” according to the press release.

One project involves replacing existing specialized transit buses with 69 new, specialized, 8-metre buses as the current fleet reaches the end of its planned service lifecycle. The new propane-powered buses, with side-mounted lift, will provide accessible transit in Brampton, Mississauga, and Caledon, and are capable of carrying as many as six wheelchair passengers.

The second project involves the adoption of the PRESTO electronic fare collection system across the Regional Municipality of Peel’s TransHelp fleet. This project includes the design, planning, purchase and hardware installation of up to 145 portable, tablet-based, electronic payment units.

These projects will increase capacity and improve quality, safety and access to the public transit system in the Region of Peel.

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