THREE-RIVERS — The Société de transport de Trois-Rivières will revitalize a part of its fleet of vehicles and will accommodate wharves with an investment plan of $ 10.4 million which contribute to the canadian and quebec governments.
In all, 19 projects that are included in this envelope, taking advantage of a grant of nearly $ 5.8 million from the federal government, a grant from the provincial level of the order of $ 4.6 million and a contribution of $ 90,000 from the RTC.
Five hybrid buses and three “midibus” (model is 30 feet in length, which replaces the bus type school circulating in suburban areas) will be acquired. The RTC will also purchase three minibuses dedicated to the paratransit service. Two terminals (access road side and bus shelters in areas of the Cégep de Trois-Rivières and Trois-Rivières hospital) will be arranged. The budget will redo part of the roof of the building of the transportation company.
François-Philippe Champagne, minister of international Trade and member of parliament for Saint-Maurice-Champlain, says that the federal government’s participation was part of an effort to modernize a transit service and make it more green.
“These are investments that will foster economic growth. The transit is the future. When we make our cities more accessible, more green, it responds to the challenge of the workforce,” said Mr. Champagne during a press conference held Monday afternoon in the garage of the RTC.
The issue of the workforce has also been identified by Jean-Denis Girard as being a aspect in the realization of this investment.
“These projects will improve the network, make it more reliable, more efficient, more green. People need to be mobile. It is an issue for Quebec and Three-Rivers,” says the member of parliament for Trois-Rivières.
“This is to provide a transit quality and affordable. We wouldn’t have this announcement if we didn’t have funding,” admits Luc Tremblay, city councillor and president of the RTC.
The purchase of five hybrid buses, 900 000″$ piece, representing nearly half of the investment. According to Guy de Montigny, the game is worth the candle.
“With the hybrid, it is a saving of 20 % fuel. At the financial level, there is a gain in productivity,” notes the director-general of the RTC.
M. de Montigny states that the two terminals will be developed by march 2020 and that they will be integrated in the audit plan of the network of the RTC. The company will also add a bus terminal in the next Crossroads of knowledge of the city, a place which remains to be determined. This measure will encourage the mobility of workers.