Transportationís Budget 2016 helps create jobs and support economic growth
Alberta Transportationís Budget 2016 invests in Albertaís provincial highway network to ensure safe, efficient highways, and provides funding to municipalities for critical local road, water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as support to grow public transit.
As part of the overall Government of Alberta Budget 2016 plan, these investments support Albertans, the economy and job creation.
Programs and Services
Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation (CVSR), Vehicle Equipment Regulation (VER), Commercial Vehicle Out-of-Service Policy, Industry Notice, Transportation Network Companies
Transportation Network Company regulation and insurance driven by safety and fairness
The Government of Alberta has developed a†framework†to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) to operate in a fair manner, while maintaining safe roads.
The ministries of Transportation and Treasury Board and Finance have worked with the ride-for-hire industry, the insurance sector, municipalities and other stakeholders to develop appropriate insurance coverage, licensing and police information checks that will allow TNCs to operate in Alberta.
GreenTRIP criteria expanded to include more projects
The Government of Alberta has expanded the Green Transit Incentives Program (GreenTRIP) criteria to include all projects eligible for the federal Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. This GreenTRIP expansion supports the Alberta governmentís commitment to enhance public transportation options for all Albertans and means more projects will be eligible for funding.
Alberta invests in water and wastewater projects across the province
The Government of Alberta has announced more than $117 million in funding for water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects in small urban and rural communities across Alberta. The funding will support 60 Water for Life and Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership projects across the province that will improve access to safe, reliable water supplies and enhance environmentally-sustainable wastewater treatment, while creating hundreds of jobs in communities across the province.
Highway 43X Grande Prairie Bypass Announced
Construction of the new $54-million†Highway 43X-Grande Prairie bypass is expected to begin in 2016, as part of approved funding in Budget 2016ís Capital Plan. Building this bypass, a project supported by area municipal governments, will support the local economy, with its strong ties to the oil and gas, forestry and agriculture sectors, by providing stable infrastructure and an efficient transportation corridor. This†project also supports safer, more efficient travel for 27,000 area residents and Alberta motorists who use this stretch of highway daily. This project is one of nearly 600 highway and bridge projects that support the Alberta Jobs Plan. It is also part of the†CANAMEX Trade Corridor.
QEII Ė Gaetz Ave. Interchange Construction Announced
Construction of the new $100-million Queen Elizabeth II Highway interchange at Gaetz Avenue in Red Deer will begin this summer, following funding approval in Budget 2016ís Capital Plan. When complete, this interchange will improve traffic flow and safety for travellers, local residents and businesses, and support the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The project is expected to create hundreds of jobs over the next three years.