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Provincial government promises several improvements to Kamloops transit

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July 19, 2016 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops will soon be seeing modern technology, improved infrastructure and newer and cleaner buses.

Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone made the announcement today, July 19, and said in a media release the projects will roll out soon as phase one of the new Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.

This is part of a serious of announcements taking place today, detailing the nearly $160-million in federal and provincial funding for BC Transit projects that was first announced in June.

One of the improvements is to introduce closed-circuit TV to BC Transit buses to increase the safety of passengers and drivers.

As part of the investment, Kamloops buses will be equipped with automatic vehicle locators to make transit easier for passengers. It will provide real time information to passengers about where the bus is located at any time of day.

The release says Kamloops will also receive another 19 compressed natural gas buses next year "to add to their fleet of cleaner, more efficient CNG buses."

The first phase of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund provides BC Transit-served communities with $90-million in funding from the federal government and $67.8-million from the provincial government.

"This new technology along with new buses burning cleaner, cheaper fuel will improve this important transit service," Kamloops Mayor Peter Milobar says in the release. "Our growing community relies on transportation connections that are reliable and serve our needs and this funding is important in keeping our people connected and moving."

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