The federal government is paying for half of the cost to upgrade some sidewalks in Huntsville. Infrastructure Canada announced today it’s kicking in $51,000 to improve the structure of sidewalks that are connected to bus stops. The total funding for the project is $102,000 and the town will pay for the other half. The money is coming from the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund, which was created to support efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services.
Mayor Scott Aitchison says public transit is essential for those who work, study, and play in Huntsville. He says the town is grateful for projects that improve the town’s services and infrastructure, and this will help to add jobs and create economic stability for the community. Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Amarjeet Sohi, says the investment will make Huntsville a stronger and more inclusive community.
This comes as Huntsville town council is talking about how to improve the transit line. Some of the issues outlined by the Accessibility Advisory Committee include the lack of benches at bus stops and no shelter from winter weather. Council is going to talk about specific improvements before going out for a consultant to look at the scope of work needed and the cost.