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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.


November 30, 2006
By Jennifer Brown


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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.


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