Federal transit funding to trickle into Kamloops

By Jill Sperling
June 16, 2016 - 12:34pm

KAMLOOPS — A big funding announcement from the Federal Liberals could benefit Kamloops residents.

The government is investing $470 million in public transportation in B.C. over the next two years.

Combined with funding from the province and municipalities, the total investment in B.C.'s transit infrastructure exceeds $920 million.

With approximately $158 million of combined federal and provincial funding earmarked for B.C. Transit systems, transportation minister Todd Stone says some of that money will flow to Kamloops. 

"What it's going to mean is more CNG buses in Kamloops and other communities around the province, it's going to mean we're going to be able to purchase additional handyDART buses which is a key part of our strategy to add more handyDART hours in communities like Kamloops." Stone said.

"We're going to be able to invest in a number of operations and maintenance facilities and CNG fueling stations."

Stone adds the funding will also allow for new technologies. 

B.C. is the first province in Canada to benefit from the government's multi-billion dollar infrastructure program. 

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