Transit, park get funding | The Belleville Intelligencer – Ontario News

Transit, park get funding | The Belleville Intelligencer – Ontario News

Public transit and public places in Quinte have received some much-needed funding thanks to the federal government.

Neil Ellis, MP for Bay of Quinte riding, visited both Quinte West and Prince Edward County to hand out more than $300,000 in funding. The dollars will be used in the two municipalities for separate projects, both of which aim to improve the quality of life for residents.

In Quinte West, Ellis presented $169,941 in federal funding to be used toward the repair and upgrading of public transit.

The funds will be put toward the design and implementation of a new office and vehicle storage space to be used by Quinte Access Transportation. Furthermore, to meet growing ridership demand in the local region, it will also enable the purchase of two specially-equipped buses to improve service reliability, as well as accessibility needs of passengers.

“It would be foolish to imagine that keeping our rural communities among the best places in the world to live exists independent of developing efficient and sustainable public transit,” Ellis stated in a press release. “The latter plays an important role in allowing us to preserve and protect the agriculturally and visually rich environments that support all our diverse livelihoods.”

Ellis went on to say when the federal government works in partnership with its provincial and municipal partners on projects to get the support needed to improve the quality of life for area residents.

“This funding will help us to improve the reliability and accessibility of transit in Quinte West. The federal investment will help us to meet our ongoing commitment to enhance transit services…

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