Public transit, infrastructure support sought by councillor

A Red Deer city councillor wants parties and candidates in the upcoming federal election to tell voters what they would do to address the infrastructure gap in Canada’s public transit.

A Red Deer city councillor wants parties and candidates in the upcoming federal election to tell voters what they would do to address the infrastructure gap in Canada’s public transit.

On Monday, Coun. Lynne Mulder brought forward a notice of motion promoting a Canadian Urban Transit Association survey being circulated to parties and candidates.

The motion calls on city council to declare that it supports greater federal investment in public transit infrastructure, commencing in the 2016 budget.

Mulder said municipalities have an inadequate tax revenue base to finance the full cost of transit infrastructure and operations.

The motion also calls on council to urge federal parties to make public transit a major electoral issue, and that the transit survey be sent to all federal candidates running within the Red Deer region to gauge their opinions on public transit.

The motion will be debated on Aug. 31.