Senior governments are offering Sarnia a pile of cash to improve public transit.
Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the city is eligible for up $27.7 million in shared spending for construction, expansion and improvement of public transit.
The city will now nominate its most critical projects for consideration. If the entire allocation were spent, the federal government would contribute $11 million, Ontario $9.1 million and the city $7.4 million.
Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey said the funding “will transform the way that the people of Sarnia-Lambton live, move and work.”
Point Edward is approved for $587,000 in shared transit spending.
Sarnia Transit has enjoyed recent growth after years of stagnant ridership, thanks to an influx of international students attending Lambton College.
In 2017 it posted an all-time high of 1.28 million passengers with college students accounting for 27% of the total.
Already identified needs include a new transit terminal and increased service to the college.