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Ontario Government Nominates 24 Region of Niagara Transit Projects to the Federal Government for Funding

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Ontario Government Nominates 24 Region of Niagara Transit Projects to the Federal Government for Funding

Ministry of Infrastructure

The Ontario Government is investing about $23.9 million in the Region of Niagara for transit infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). These projects will reduce congestion, improve commutes, connect neighbourhoods and businesses, and people to jobs. Twenty-four projects have been forwarded to the federal government for final funding approval: 

Municipality

Project Name

Project Description

Provincial Funding ($M)

Fort Erie

Farebox Technology Integration

·  Purchase six replacement farebox systems and one expansion farebox system for all conventional transit and specialized transit vehicles.

·  This will allow for integration with Niagara Region and other municipalities in Niagara.

·  This will improve the rider experience with a common and seamless fare payment system.

0.1

Niagara Falls

Transmission Refurbishment of Six Conventional Transit Buses

·  Replacement of transmissions in six conventional transit buses.

·  This will improve reliability and extend the useful life of the buses.

0.02

Niagara Falls

Replacement of Six Conventional Transit Buses

·  Purchase of six conventional transit replacement buses.

·  This will reduce maintenance costs, increase safety, increase system performance and will include technology consistent with common standards used in other transit systems in Niagara Region. 

1.6

Niagara Falls

Transit Bus High-Definition (HD) Video Camera Systems

·  Installation of 36 HD video camera systems in conventional transit bus fleet.

·  This will improve security of transit bus operators, deter vandalism/crime and help substantiate or refute claims.

0.3

Niagara Falls

Video Surveillance Equipment

·  Installation of 10 cameras with Video Network Recorder at the Bus Terminal and the Morrison/Dorchester Transit Hub.

·  This will improve passenger and employee safety, deter vandalism/crime and help substantiate or refute claims.

0.02

Niagara Falls

Implementation of New Farebox System

·  Purchase a new farebox system and farebox hardware.

·  This includes 62 external smart card readers that will enable customers to pay with a mobile device or contactless payment cards (such as debit and credit cards).

·  This will help create system integration throughout the Niagara Region.

0.4

Niagara Falls

Radio/Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) Update (Clever Computer Aided Dispatch/Automatic Vehicle Locator (CAD/AVL))

·  Installation of VOIP radio system to replace current open radio system on 67 vehicles.

·  This will improve operations and safety and align with technology that is deployed within Niagara Region.

0.3

Niagara Falls

Supervisors Vehicle Expansion

·  Purchase of one expansion supervisor vehicle.

·  This will increase supervisory coverage, improving response for operating concerns that can impact passenger and operator safety and equipment failure issues. 

0.03

Niagara Falls

Intermunicipal Layby Construction - Morrison St.

·  Planning, designing and construction of on-street layby facilities for regional and city transit busing.

·  This will address health and safety concerns around crowding and traffic conflict.

0.2

Niagara Falls

Bridge Street Multi-Modal Hub

·  Construction of multi-modal hub.

·  This will support interconnectivity of transit, pedestrian and parking with connections to the future GO Train terminal at Niagara Falls.

1.5

Niagara Falls

Refurbishment of Four Conventional Transit Buses

·  Major refurbishments of four conventional transit buses.

·  This will extend the useful life of the buses, reducing maintenance costs, emissions and improving service reliability.

0.2

Niagara Region

Technology Upgrades

·  Installation of VOIP radio system to replace an open radio system on 29 buses and install new camera system.

·  This will improve operations and safety and align with technology that is deployed within Niagara Region.

0.3

Niagara Region

Fare Payment Technology

·  Upgrade fare payment technology on all Niagara Region Transit vehicles to a standardized platform.

·  This will provide new payment methods for riders to pay with a mobile device or contactless payment card.

0.5

Niagara Region

Purchase of Two Buses

·  Purchase two conventional transit expansion buses to enhance regional transit service.   

0.5

St. Catharines

Improvements to Bus Stops and Shelters

·  Reconstruction of 100 bus stops to improve accessibility and add amenities.

0.7

St. Catharines

Replacement of Conventional Buses

·  Purchase of 11 conventional transit replacement buses.

·  This will increase system performance and reduce maintenance costs.

2.9

St. Catharines

Technology Upgrade

·  Purchase and install cameras and radios on 89 vehicles.

·  This will improve safety on the transit system.

0.9

St. Catharines

Downtown Terminal Renovations

·  Renovation of downtown terminal.

·  This will improve accessibility, passenger amenities, way-finding and employee facilities.

0.2

St. Catharines

Facility Expansion

·  Expansion of maintenance and bus storage facility.

·  This will accommodate increased demands for vehicle maintenance, vehicle storage, additional staff and parking.

·  This will allow for the building to be a regional transit headquarters as transit operations in Niagara become fully integrated.

3.3

St. Catharines

Expansion of Conventional Bus Fleet

·  Purchase of 10 conventional transit buses.

·  This will increase capacity and add frequency of service.

3.0

St. Catharines

New Fare Payment Technology

·  Purchase and install fare payment technology.

·  This will allow customers to pay with mobile device or contactless payment card (ex debit and credit cards).

·  Purchase 89 farebox systems to improve the customer experience when paying fare.

1.3

St. Catharines

Replacement of Paratransit Vehicles

·  Purchase of four specialized transit replacement vehicles to improve accessibility, reliability and reduce maintenance costs.

0.4

St. Catharines

Rehabilitation of Hybrid Buses

·  Rehabilitation of four conventional transit vehicles to ensure reliability of fleet and service to passengers.

0.2

Welland

Construction of Transit Operations Facility

·  Construction of an operations facility to store 40 conventional and specialized buses and to allow for bus maintenance and training space.

·  This will help meet the needs of the expanding transportation network.

5.0

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