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P.E.I.'s Pat and the Elephant, T3 Transit receive funds

A passenger climbs aboard the bus on Grafton Street in Charlottetown on Friday. T3 Transit’s funding partners are prepared to spend up to $500,000 to purchase three pre-owned buses that will help get the fleet through the next two years until new buses can be acquired.
A passenger climbs aboard a T3 Transit bus on Grafton Street in Charlottetown in this file photo.

Islanders will have more options to get around town in the near future, thanks to some new vehicles.

Charlottetown MP Sean Casey, Premier Dennis King and T3 Transit owner Mike Cassidy announced three public transit projects for the capital city area on Monday. 

T3 Transit will purchase six new diesel buses and two mini-buses with a combined grant of $1.8 million from the federal government, $1.5 from the provincial government and a combined $1.4 million from the municipalities of Charlottetown, Cornwall and Stratford. 

Pat and the Elephant will be able to replace its aging vehicles with five new para-transportation vans with a total of $462,000 in funding from federal, provincial and municipal coffers.

The government of Canada is investing over $2 million for these projects, through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS). The government of Prince Edward Island is contributing more than $1.6 million. Pat and the Elephant and T3 will be responsible for the remainder of the projects' costs.

The new vehicles will add capacity to existing fleets or replace aging vehicles to ensure all users have access to safe and reliable transit services.

“We are again encouraged by the financial infrastructure support of all three levels of government for new equipment that can only help to grow our system and maintain customer satisfaction,” said Cassidy. 

Pat and the Elephant.
Pat and the Elephant.

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