The Government of Canada provided $37.5 million to support public transit in Nova Scotia under two funding arrangements -- the Federal Public Transit Capital Trust Fund ($25.8 million) and the Canada-Nova Scotia Agreement on the Transfer of Federal Public Transit Funds ($11.7 million). Nova Scotia consolidated the two funding arrangements and refers them as the Public Transit Fund.
The Public Transit Fund invested in urban and community transit infrastructure from 2006 to 2010.
The investments in transit support reduction in traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, contributed to Canada's response to climate change and environmental goals.
The Public Transit Fund is fully committed as of March 31, 2010.
Eligible Projects included:
- Rapid transit infrastructure (light rail, heavy rail additions, subways, transit station, park and ride facilities, grade separated bus lanes and rail lines)
- Rolling stock buses (includes hybrids, diesel, natural gas and fuel cell buses), light and heavy rail cars, trolleys and ferries
- Intelligent transport systems (includes fare collection, passenger information, maintenance, communications, technologies, transit priority signaling, passenger and traffic information, and transit operation systems)
- Related capital infrastructure (includes transit queue-jumpers and High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, terminals, storage and maintenance facilities
- Accessible transit (includes rolling stock, fixed capital assets and systems)
Eligible Recipients included:
- Metro Transit (Halifax Regional Municipality)
- Kings Transit Authority
- Cape Breton Transit (Cape Breton Regional Municipality)
- Community Transit Organizations