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THE GOVERNMENT of Canada will fund up to 40 percent of the capital costs for
four subway projects.
Canada to fund Ontario's four priority
transit projects with C$10.4 billion
The government of Canada and the government of Ontario reached an
agreement concerning the federal share of the C$26.8 billion (US$22.12
billion) for Ontario's four priority transit projects in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area. Canada has committed to covering up to 40 percent
of the capital costs of the Ontario Line, a three-stop Scarborough Subway
Extension, the Yonge North Subway Extension and the Eglinton Crosstown
West Extension. The up to C$10.4 billion (US$8.58 billion) in funding
from the federal government will be combined with the up to C$17 billion
(US$14.04 billion) Ontario previously committed toward the four subway
projects. In late 2019, the city of Toronto and province of Ontario reached
an agreement on the transit expansion plan with the four subway projects.
Toronto finalized the agreement with the province in early 2020, which
was followed by a separate agreement between the province and the York
Region for the delivery of the Yonge North Subway Extension. " By having
the federal government come to the table in this historic partnership, we
are moving full steam ahead on building these projects that our residents
need today and for future generations, " said Ontario Minister of Transportation
Caroline Mulroney.
NCTD receives $4-million grant
to support transition to zeroemissions
bus operations
▶ A $4-million grant was awarded to the
North County Transit District (NCTD) by
the California Energy Commission (CEC)
to construct a hydrogen fueling station
at the agency's West Division BREEZE
facility in Oceanside. Once constructed,
this station will have the capacity
to support up to 50 hydrogen fuel-cell
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Sound Transit
TYPE 2 Siemens light-rail vehicle
testing in Sound Transit's Capitol Hill
Station Jan. 24, 2021.
Sound Transit puts first Series 2
light-rail vehicles into service
▶ Sound Transit entered six of its new
Series 2 light-rail vehicles into passenger
service May 14. The Siemens-made Series
2 vehicles have larger windows, wider
center aisles, more room to stow luggage,
seating for 70 and double the bike hooks.
In addition, each car is equipped with
dynamic passenger information displays
and LED lighting improvements. Sound
Transit is undergoing significant system
expansion with its Northgate Link
extension set to open Oct. 2, light-rail
service to Bellevue in 2023 and service
to Lynnwood, downtown Redmond and
Federal Way in 2024. The first new vehicle
arrived in June 2019 and Sound Transit
says it will continue to receive between
one and three new Series 2 light-rail
vehicles every month through 2024. The
agency has received 41 vehicles in the
152-vehicle order. Sound Transit says the
first Series 2 vehicle underwent extensive
commissioning and was put through a
1,000-mile burn-in test, but subsequent
new vehicles will undergo local testing, as
well as a 300-mile burn-in test.
electric buses, bringing the district closer
toward achieving its goal of transitioning
its entire fleet to zero-emission buses by
2042. The CEC grant advances NCTD's
transition from compressed natural gas
to zero-emissions bus operations by
approximately four years, allowing the
agency to rapidly scale up and leverage
an initial purchase of 25 hydrogen-powered
buses, set to be put into service by
spring 2025. NCTD says the construction
of the fueling station and anticipated
deployment of new zero-emission buses
puts the agency ahead of local, state
and federal goals for greenhouse gas
emissions reductions. NCTD intends to
design, construct and commission the
hydrogen fueling station infrastructure at
its Oceanside facility by mid-2022.


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