Transit-Secure program extended
The federal government has announced round three Transit-Secure funding is available for Canada’s six largest cities to improve their passenger rail and urban transit security. The program is also being extended for another year.
Transit-Secure is an $80 million passenger rail and urban security contribution program funded 75 per cent by the federal government and 24 per cent by the recipient communities. The funds are available to urban transit and rail operators in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver that have completed risk assessments and developed comprehensive security plans, supported by first-round funding to counter the risks of acts of terrorism. Operators from outside the six urban municipalities, as well as Via Rail and intercity passenger rail and bus operators, are also eligible to apply in this round for funding to develop risk assessments and comprehensive security plans.
The program was slated to run from June 2006 to March 2008. However, in late May, federal Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities Lawrence Cannon announced the program would be extended until the end of 2009.
The extension is expected to give operators more time to implement security projects.
Transit-Secure is one of five programs under the overall Initial Measures to Enhance the Security of Canada’s Passenger Rail and Urban Transit Operations security improvement program that the federal government has set aside $115 million in its fiscal plans. In the 2006 budget, $95 million was announced for these program designed to address security priorities to enhance security for passenger rail, public transit and ferry operations.