Round two of Transit-Secure announced
The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities has issued a call for applications in the second round of funding under Transit-Secure, the Government of Canada's $80-million passenger rail and urban transit security contribution program.
By Jennifer Brown
In this second round of funding, smaller operators in municipalities or
communities outside of the six urban centres included in round one
funding, along with inter-city train and bus companies, will be
eligible for assistance to carry out risk assessments and to develop
comprehensive security plans.
All proposals received will be subject to a standard evaluation process
and funding will be allocated based on successful proposals.
Funding is provided on a cost-shared basis, with 75 per cent from the
federal government and 25 per cent from the recipient.
Up to $37 million in funding for round one of this program was
announced on November 14, 2006. Round one was open to operators in the
six highest-volume urban transit areas in Canada ”“ Montreal, the
National Capital Region, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver.
These operators will be eligible for financial assistance under a
future round of funding.
This funding is part of the $1.4 billion in national security funding
committed in Budget 2006 for a variety of security initiatives that
will help protect Canadians and their communities, including $254
million for transportation security.
Details of the contribution program, including application information
and project eligibility criteria, are available at
www.tc.gc.ca/vigilance/sep/rail/Contribution_Program/menu.htm. It is
expected that funding recipients will be announced in early 2007.