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First phase of transit funding can get projects shovel-ready for next round: Sohi’s office

By Rachel Aiello      

Industry groups called the public transit spending ‘unprecedented’ but opposition critics take issue with back loading and basing spending on ridership.

The office of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi says much of the initial $3.4-billion in transit investments from the federal government can help municipalities plan projects that can get further funding through a second phase of transit funding in two years.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

The Trudeau government’s first budget tabled on March 22 included $3.4-billion over three years for public transit through a new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, as part of a first phase of its overall infrastructure plan. According to the office of Infrastructure and Communities Minister Amarjeet Sohi (Edmonton Mill Woods, Alta.), this money is in part is going to help some major projects get shovel-ready in time for the second phase. “Those big ticket items, a lot of which aren’t even funded today,

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