Funding for Sarnia Transit welcomed by MP

Gladu says it's 'ironic' that news comes just after elimination of tax credit

Sarnia-Lambton Member of Parliament Marilyn Gladu is welcoming news of funding by both the federal and provincial governments for two accessible buses that will be used by Sarnia Transit.

The total funding of nearly $1.74 million will go toward the purchase of two accessible (Care A Van) buses and eight low floor ARBOC specialty cutaway buses,  including installation of related infrastructure and bus facility upgrades.

The new buses will also feature enhanced security features, including six cameras per bus, for a total of 174 cameras across 29 buses.

The news that Sarnia will be receiving the funding was part of a regional announcement in London. A total of 312 joint federal/provincial transit projects were announced through funding by the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

“I’m pleased to see funding for public transit that will help seniors and those that are disabled,” said Gladu in a media release.

At the same time, the MP said she was disappointed to see the government pulling the plug on the Public Transit Tax Credit, as announced in the federal government’s 2017 budget.

“It is unfortunate to see that at the same time this funding is announced, the public transit tax credit is being cut, which helped students and especially those on lower incomes and with accessibility issues,” said Gladu.

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