Belleville council will discuss major investments for the city’s public transit system at its meeting Tuesday afternoon.
The federal government is offering funding from its Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. The fund pays up to 50% of the cost of transit improvements.
City staff is recommending council approve applying for an upgrade and expansion to the transit storage and maintenance building and yard on Coleman Street, an “On Demand Transit” study, “Smart Bus Technology”, and up to 10 new bus shelters.
In total, the projects cost close to $3 million, and it’s hoped the federal government would pay half of that. The expansion of the Coleman Street facility makes up the lion’s share of the cost, at $2.3 million, with “Smart Bus Technology”, consisting of onboard WiFi, infotainment and other passenger experience improvements costing $500,000.
The deadline to apply for the funding is October 18.
Belleville council meets at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.