Brampton leaders advocate major transit projects for the federal government, the city says
Brampton’s top executives continue to advocate and promote important federal government transportation projects, the city said.
On November 26, the city announced that Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown, regional councilors Michael Palleschi and Rowena Santos, and city officials were assisted by Brampton MPs in Ottawa to help the federal government address key urban transport and infrastructure priorities from Brampton.
“The federal government’s partnership and investment with the city is helping to build a more inclusive, healthier and more sustainable community for residents. The city expects the federal government to help set priorities and improve the quality of life for all Brampton residents, ”the statement said.
According to the city, Brampton is growing three times as fast as the provincial average. Between 2001 and 2019, Brampton accounted for 70 percent of the population growth in the Peel area, creating a greater need for transit investment.
The city added that 75 percent of Brampton residents use or know someone who does, and 87 percent of Brampton residents believe Brampton should have better public transportation. Additionally, 89 percent of Brampton residents believe that federal and provincial governments should fund light rail transport (LRT) in Brampton.
“Brampton is one of the fastest growing cities in Canada and the need to build our transportation systems and infrastructure in a green and sustainable way is a top priority,” Brown said in a statement. “This term focuses on building for the future and making sure we advance the priorities of our city’s residents. I appreciate the open door with our federal partners in Ottawa and the support of our local MPs in promoting our common priorities. “
In the federal election in 2021, the city outlined important transport and infrastructure priorities that require a “cooperative financing partnership” with the federal government. These priorities include:
• Fully Funded LRT from Main Street to Brampton GO (Federal Inquiry: $ 850M)
• Queen Street-Highway 7 Rapid Transit / Züm Express regional connections (federal request: USD 250 million)
• Cybersecure Catalyst Approval for Improved Infrastructure (Federal Application: USD 80 million)
• Electrification of the third transit facility for the e-bus fleet (federal request: USD 75 million)
• Expansion of the Active Transportation Network (20-year plan for Active Transportation – federal request: USD 42.2 million)