The provincial and federal governments will spend $3.9 million to install around 150 new and refitted public bus shelters throughout B.C.
The shelters will improve the quality and safety of bus travel, thanks to weather-specific upgrades and better lighting and seating, the province said. Increased accessibility standards will allow more individuals to access the public transit system.
“Bus shelters are important transit infrastructure that provide people a safe and dry place to wait for the bus. We are happy to join with our federal and local government partners on supporting new and improved bus shelters in communities throughout B.C.,” said Rob Fleming, minister of transportation and infrastructure.
Both levels of government will invest more than $1.9 million in the project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. Local governments, through BC Transit, are contributing $986,000 to the project.
Under the Canada-B.C. Safe Restart Agreement, BC Transit will receive $86 million cost shared 50-50 between the B.C. and the federal governments. The funding will help cover the incremental operating costs (including revenue loss) due to the COVID-19 pandemic for local governments.