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HRM Transportation Project Short-Listed for Possible Federal Funding
(Thursday, December 12/2002)-- A project submitted by the Halifax Regional Municipality has made the short list for the $40 million Urban Transportation Showcase Program.
As a result, HRM's Traffic and Transportation Service will receive a $30,000 grant to prepare a detailed proposal for the final selection process. The objective of the program is to develop and showcase environmentally sustainable transportation practices in Canada.
HRM proposed a $7.5 million program over a three year period to develop underutilized transportation corridors within the municipality to improve commuting options, such as transit and bicycling. There were 48 submissions to the federal program for funding, and HRM's submission was one of only 15 to advance to the full proposal stage.
Mayor Peter Kelly today welcomed the announcement by federal Transportation Minister David Collenette of the HRM project success.
Mayor Kelly, who has been devoting a great deal of his attention to transportation issues and plans, extended congratulations to HRM staff for developing such an innovative proposal.
"All members of Council join me in celebrating the success of our submission and the opportunity it affords us. Transportation is a critical issue for our rapidly growing municipality; and in the face of challenges before us, creative solutions are required. This federal program is the kind of support that fosters creative problem-solving. Council and I encourage staff to continue with their energetic efforts in bringing transportation solutions to HRM, " the Mayor said.
David McCusker, Manager of Traffic and Transportation Services, said "This program will allow us to explore some innovative transportation strategies tailored to fit our region. While many cities can manage increased traffic flow by making their roadway network bigger, we'll be looking at techniques to make our network smarter."
Mayor Peter Kelly
Manager, Traffic and Transportation Services