People ask why do we have full size buses and not small ones or even ones like those used in Okotoks? (See link below to earlier article). Well I don’t have an answer but if spending Council money is the problem, then the Federal and Provincial Governments are helping big time to buy replacements for existing fleets. Today, MPP David Piccini announced the support being provided to Cobourg and Port Hope via the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program. Cobourg’s 2020 budget included $160K (contingent on a grant) to replace a Wheels bus, $230K in 2021 for one regular bus and $460K in 2022 to replace two more regular buses – total $850K. The grants for Cobourg are $496,182 from the Federal Government and $413,443 from the Province with the Town putting in $330,829 for a total of $1.24M – for two conventional 30-foot transit buses, and one 8-metre low floor specialized vehicle. [Clarified from initial info].
In making the announcement, MPP Piccini said:
“The investments we are announcing today include projects that will improve capacity, quality and accessibility of the transit systems in these communities. Overall, our investment will help enhance the transit system’s efficiency and provide for a better customer experience.”
The 2 [corrected] new 30 foot buses will be “fully accessible” so are presumably an upgrade on those originally costed. They also will be in the fleet earlier than planned in the 2020 budget.
Port Hope also gets grants totaling $194K to allow transit expansion into rural areas plus other upgrades.
No word yet on the “integration” of bus services between Port Hope and Cobourg that Mayor Henderson has mentioned several times. Maybe this funding will allow that.