The City of Red Deer will be receiving over $2 million dollars for transit. In total, the Provincial Government will be investing $79.5 million in transit systems across Alberta and the Federal Government will be investing $159 million.

“Transit systems took a financial beating during the pandemic with a significant loss in ridership as people worked from home and businesses cut back on staff or completely shut down. This funding will keep buses and trains moving to meet increased demand as we recover from the pandemic,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

The funding will support 26 municipalities in Alberta including Red Deer. The City will be receiving a total of $2,095,524.

“Public transit is an essential service, in particular for students who are returning to on-campus learning, seniors and other vulnerable populations who may be re-entering the workforce to get to and from work or re-engaging in social activities. Alberta’s government is proud to step up and recognizes how important transit services are to our communities,” said Rajan Sawhney Minister of Transportation.

The largest investments will be going towards the Cities of Edmonton and Calgary. The amounts were determined based on 2019 ridership statistics.