Ford government commits to $60.7 million investment in Waterloo region transit

A Grand River Transit bus at the Charles Street Transit Terminal in Kitchener. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

The Ford government announced Tuesday that it’s committing to invest as much as $60.7 million in transit projects in the region.

“This government is committed to building infrastructure that makes life better for people across Ontario,” Minister of Infrastructure Laurie Scott said in a statement.

“Better public transit creates stronger communities, frees more time for family and friends and ensures Ontario is open for business.”

READ MORE: Nearly 300,000 passengers boarded ION trains in Waterloo over first 11 days of service

There are 16 projects linked to the announcement with the biggest being a new bus facility in Waterloo, which the province says will help meet the region’s needs as it grows.

The price tag for the province would be $39.6 million, with regional and federal governments needing to ante up matching funds as well.

Story continues below advertisement

“These nominated projects will help people in the Region of Waterloo spend less time commuting and more time doing the things they love with those they care about most,” Scott said.

Other projects on the list will also include 15 buses to increase the fleet and 15 other buses to replace older buses that are past their best-before date.

READ MORE: Ford government backs off changes to autism funding plan

There will also be money invested into cycling lanes across the region.

The projects, which were initially proposed by the Region, will now need approval and funding from the federal level as part of its $30 billion Investing in Canada Plan.

The province says that if the feds approve, some of the projects will get underway this fall.

WATCH: (July 24, 2019) Billions in federal funding for Ontario public transit remains inaccessible

Click to play video: 'Billions in federal funding for Ontario public transit remains inaccessible'
Billions in federal funding for Ontario public transit remains inaccessible

Sponsored content