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GreenTRIP Criteria Changed to Leverage Federal Money

The Government of Alberta is expanding its Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) to include such things as transit-stop upgrades and pilot projects for new transit.

The expansion is in line with the provincial government’s commitment to give all Albertans more public transportation options. It also means the province will qualify for all projects eligible for the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF).

The Government of Canada recently announced the first phase of that funding – a $3.4-billion investment over three years, beginning this year – to support municipal transit projects across the country. Alberta’s share of that fund, based on existing transit ridership, is more than $347 million.

Expanding GreenTRIP eligibility to align with the federal program will help Alberta municipalities get maximum support from both GreenTRIP and PTIF.

“By collaborating with both our federal and municipal partners, we are ensuring Albertans are getting the most out of our transit investments and creating much-needed local jobs. We are committed to building sustainable, accessible and affordable public transit that will help Albertans get to where they need to go.”

Brian Mason, Minister of Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure

GreenTRIP application forms are available on Alberta Transportation’s website and the submission deadline is Aug. 31, 2016.

Alberta’s Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) criteria have been expanded to include all eligible projects identified by the PTIF program. Examples of eligible projects are:

  • Refurbishment or replacement of existing transit vehicles;
  • Replacement or enhancement of transit stations;
  • Support for asset management capacity;
  • Projects for transit system expansion; and,
  • Support for design and planning of future expansion and improvements to public transit systems, including:
    • transportation demand management measures and studies; and,
    • pilot projects related to innovative and transformative technologies.

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