Monday, July 25, 2022

Path forward towards Master Transportation Plan gains federal funding

The City is about to add another 9,000 dollars towards the 100,000 dollar cost of a Transportation plan, with the City's Communication Manager, Veronica Stewart outlining the scope of  Federal grant that the city council can accept with tonight's Council session.

In her notes for Council, Ms. Stewart notes of some of the background toward the 9,000 dollar federal contribution as well as some previous funding received by UBCM.

City Council approved the undertaking of an approximately $100,000 Transportation Plan as part of the 2022 Budget. To reduce the costs born by ratepayers in Prince Rupert, staff have applied for grants specifically available for active transportation planning, to subsidize the cost of this project. 

The City has also received $20,000 in UBCM funding towards the additional Active Transportation costs of the project, with that portion of the project now fully funded by grants. 

No other component of the Transportation Plan is eligible for grant funding.

The Full report for council can be reviewed from the Agenda package starting on page 10

We outlined some of the elements of the 100,000 dollar plan in March, when the City had put out a call for Bids for the project.

The project was first outlined in 2021, when Dr. Rob Buchan then the City's contract planner and now the City Manager highlighted what such a document would provide for the city.

City Staff is currently hosting a community engagement process on Transportation themes in Prince Rupert, with an online survey available for participation until July 29th.

More notes on tonight's Council Session can be reviewed here.

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