A great day for the future of Barrie transit as the province has announced $13 million in funding.
Barrie-area MPP’s Andrea Khanjin, Doug Downey and Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman announced provincial funds today, which will see the ball rolling on the creation of a new transit terminal at the Allandale Go station.
Funds will also be distributed for specialized fleet replacement, replacement buses, and infrastructure improvements.
Lehman says being able to expand services at the Allandale hub means they can serve more of the city with express and standard routes making it more convenient for everyone to use the system.
One of the biggest highlights, according to Lehman, includes the replacement of 51 transit vehicles including 21 specialized buses. “It’s essential for people who depend on the accessibility of the Barrie accessible community transit system.”
It doesn’t look like time will be wasted in seeing these changes move forward. MPP Doug Downey says they have already begun the archaeological work for the Allandale station, which means they can start moving forward immediately. As for the fleet, discussions are expected to begin soon with the provider.
Riders will also see new and replaced bus stop signs, shelters, and concrete bus pads, along with other bonuses to add to the comfort and safety of passengers.
Premier Doug Ford was in Orillia Thursday afternoon with a similar announcement; $5.4 million in funding to assist with transit developments there.
The funds are coming via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, a 10-year $30 billion fund dedicated to assist municipal infrastructure.