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Transit funding gives boost to expand Quinte Access services in the County

Celebrating federal and provincial public transit funding were, from left, Quinte West Deputy Mayor Jim Alyea, Prince Edward County Mayor Robert Quaiff, Belleville Mayor Taso Christopher, Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis, with Belleville Manager of Transit Operations Paul Buck and Belleville councillor Garnet Thompson.

Prince Edward County will use a transit grant of more than $100,000 from the federal and provincial governments to expand services offered through Quinte Access.

Mayor Robert Quaiff was pleased to see the funding for the County as part of nearly $16.6 million in infrastructure funds announced Friday at Belleville’s Transit Terminal on Pinnacle Street.

The funds are for new urban transit networks and service extensions to help Quinte area residents get moving.

Prince Edward County will receive $71,892.65 from the federal government and $59,311 from the province. Belleville gains $8,200,178.07 from the federal government and $6,765,147 from the province to upgrade the transit system. Quinte West gets $815,585.71 from the feds and $672,858 from the province.

Quinte Access offers specialized services in the County to seniors and those with challenges walking, or climbing stairs. Service is available for medical appointments, employment, education, shopping, visiting, social events and recreation.

“Long-term investments in infrastructure are key to building a strong Canada–connecting people, creating good jobs for the middle class, and building our economy and our communities for the future,” said Ellis. “Canadians living, working and raising families in our community will be able to enjoy increased opportunities, and a more sustainable economic future. Collaboration and partnership have been at the heart of the success of our Investing in Canada plan and we will continue to work with the province and our municipalities to make the Bay of Quinte the best it can be.”

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  1. Paul says:

    And that transit has already been proposed to bring tourist from the beach into town and back again..

  2. Paul says:

    The only way a transit system would be considered in PEC would be if it benefitted tourism….

  3. Patti says:

    A sidewalk that continues beyond Cold Storage Road would be wonderful. Hopefully that will happen one day. Yes, people do walk to Canadian Tire, No Frills and PFAC. Employees of these stores, shoppers, PFAC members. I live on Main Street and I see people carrying their groceries back home on a regular basis. Some are my neighbours. Many people are without a vehicle, some do have one and choose to walk for the health benefits. I walk to the grocery store as well…to that other grocery store that we have in town and I lug them back home.

  4. Susan says:

    Sorry Theresa. I think a transit service for seniors with health and mobility issues would be a better use of funds. It is not easy for seniors to lose a downtown grocery store.

  5. Theresa Lennon says:

    You’d be surprised. Every time I am doing it, there are others doing it too. All the way to Canadian Tire, and sometimes Home Hardware even. I know it’s a pipe dream. Thank you for so quickly reminding me to stop wishing for something you’d never use.

  6. Susan says:

    What purpose would that costly sidewalk serve along a highway? Not many are going to lug groceries back into Picton.

  7. Theresa Lennon says:

    Because they have a broad transit infrastructure in place and a substantial population who use it. For the most part the County is beholden to their trucks and cars and very few people would consider leaving them at home (even in town). Seniors are already well served by the Access bus. Deseronto Transit services will be expanded in reach and access. This is great news. ANY addition to general public transit options is welcome and will improve the quality of life and reduce the cost of living for students and others who rely on it by choice or by necessity. Now, if we could only get a sidewalk beyond Cold Storage Road.

  8. Chuck says:

    I would assume because they have an existing transit system to upgrade and the County does not.

  9. Gary Mooney says:

    Why does Belleville, with 2x the population of the County, get 100x the grant? Just asking.

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