Eight Niagara municipalities received funding from both the provincial and federal governments yesterday to the tune of $149 million. It’s being called the single largest transit investment in Niagara’s history.
MPs Vance Badawey and Chris Bittle were on hand at Niagara Regional headquarters to announce the federal portion of the funding which totalled $82.1 million. St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley was also on hand to announce the provincial share of $67 million. The funding is a ten year commitment and it will be up to the individual municipalities to decide which transit priorities they will spend the cash on.
St. Catharines received the vast majority of the funding with $47 million from the federal government and $39 million from the province. Niagara Falls was next with nearly $21 million in federal funding and $17 million from the province. Rounding out the list was Welland getting $7 million from the federal government and $6.5 million from the province. Thorold, Niagara Region, Fort Erie, Port Colborne and Niagara-on-the-Lake received the remainder.