Expect some big things to come for Belleville Transit, thanks to an injection of cash from the federal government.
MP Neil Ellis announced a commitment of just over $1.5 million dollars, which will be coupled with $1.5 million in already saved provincial gas tax returns and used to make major improvements across the transit system.
Belleville’s Transit Chair Jack Miller tells Quinte News one of the biggest parts of the project is to expand the Coleman Street fleet management centre, which just isn’t big enough anymore.
Miller added that there’s about a half-a-million dollars from the total being allocated just for IT advancements, including onboard wifi for passengers, as well.
And he says some of the money is already allocated to make sweeping improvements to the city’s network of bus shelters.
While there are no major expansions planned for the main Pinnacle Street bus terminal, a new high-tech heated shelter is being added to the east end of the terminal this year as well.
Meanwhile, the city’s mayor is praising the investment and says it will mean big things for the local business and tourism communities.
Mayor Taso Christopher tells Quinte News, the added funds will allow Belleville Transit to look into some new and innovative ideas.
There’s also a plan to undertake a transit usage study, to see if any areas are being underserved or overserved, and to also look at ways of incorporating Belleville Transit with other neighbouring transit systems.