At an announcement on Friday (16 August), MPP David Piccini said that the Provincial Government will provide $413K funding to Cobourg’s Transit and $90K funding to Port Hope’s. Cobourg will use the funds to help replace three buses and Port Hope will upgrade their Transit accessibility. Over the past several months, Port Hope and Cobourg have been holding discussions on how to link their transit systems to gain efficiencies and better interoperability. John Henderson said that this funding will go a long way to helping connect the two Communities. Both Mayors (John Henderson and Bob Sanderson) and the Warden (John Logel) were at the announcement together with Councillors Brian Darling and Adam Bureau. Additional funding is expected (hoped for?) from the Federal Government.
Note that integration of the Transit systems in Port Hope and Cobourg is an objective in Cobourg’s Strategic plan under the Partnership Pillar:
Work with transit authorities in the area to integrate transit services, including accessible and active transportation services.
The funding is part of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP) which is a joint Federal, Provincial and Municipal program. If approved, the nominated projects will be eligible for total funding of more than $1.5 million from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. MPP Piccini emphasized that this funding is for projects outside of the GTA. There is no prediction of the effect that the election might have on federal funding nor of the timing of Federal approval.