Nearly $9M to Cornwall Transit for buses, ‘modern’ fare boxes

The federal and provincial governments have given the City of Cornwall nearly $9 million toward long-term upgrades to Cornwall Transit on Thursday, June 25, 2020. It will include 10 new bus shelters like this one on Cumberland Street. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The federal and provincial governments are spending nearly $9 million toward long-term upgrades to Cornwall Transit.

It will go to five projects: 10 new bus shelters (five will be new locations, five will be replacements), 60 accessible bus stops as well as replacing a dozen conventional and eight Handi-Transit buses.

The largest share of the money will be for bus replacements, which will happen from 2021 through 2027 and is expected to reduce the average age of Cornwall’s bus fleet from seven years to five years. The city currently has a fleet of 15 conventional and 10 Handi-Transit buses.

There will also be 90 more surveillance cameras installed, 15 passenger counters and 26 electronic fare boxes, which will accept “modern payment options.”

The feds are contributing $4.8 million while the Ontario government is putting in $3.9 million under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. The City of Cornwall’s portion is $3 million.

Cornwall Mayor Bernadette Clement called Cornwall Transit the “most beloved service” in the city, saying it really connects people to work and business, even for those who don’t use it.

“A community benefits when a maximum number of people can contribute to their community to the best of their ability and I always find that Cornwall Transit is at the center of that participation in community so we particularly welcome investment in a service that is so crucial to community development,” Clement said.

The mayor also spoke about the many partnerships Cornwall Transit has in the city.

At its May 25 meeting, the City of Cornwall already approved the purchase of two conventional buses for $1.2 million from Metrolinx based on 73 per cent of the cost funded through ICIP.

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