Pub lic Tranbsit extended to Muliplex, says Lekstrom

DAWSON CREEK – The BC Liberal Government is providing $143,000 to help extend public transit service to the new multiplex starting in August, said Peace River South MLA Blair Lekstrom.

?The expanded transit service will enable people to take the bus to and from the multiplex,? said Lekstrom. ?Our government believes that every British Columbian can make a difference and help the environment. One way for people to contribute is to take advantage of this additional service and take the bus to and from the multiplex when possible.?

Balanced Budget 2007 provides nearly $10 million over three years for the expansion of services in 25 communities. Communities will also benefit from $22 million in funding from the federal Public Transit Capital Trust, which will be used for the purchase of 121 buses to expand public transit. This funding is on top of the recently-announced

$52.5 million to be distributed by UBCM to support local government investments in public transit infrastructure and contribute to reducing traffic congestion and pollution and increasing public transit ridership.

These dollars are also in addition to the funding the Province provides for core transit services – increased from $44.6 million to $52 million over the past five fiscal years.

The Province is investing more than $2.4 billion over the next three years to strengthen B.C.?s network of roads, railways, ports and airports, providing a modernized transportation network that promotes safety, reduces congestion and pollution, and meets the needs of our vibrant economy.