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Public transit infrastructure fund (PTIF) 

In 2016, the Government of Canada announced the introduction of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) to improve and expand public transit systems across Canada by investing up to $3.4 billion. These investments will help to improve commutes, cut air pollution, strengthen communities and grow Canada’s economy.

The City of Thunder Bay has received more than $6 million in matching dollars from the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada to complete 19 projects including accessible bus stop improvements and shelter upgrades, upgrades to existing transfer hubs, pedestrian crossovers, bus stop signage, pedestrian wayfinding signage, fleet renewal, transit maintenance facility upgrades, transit route optimization studies, and several transit technology solutions.
More information about PTIF and Infrastructure Canada can be found here

Below are projects specific to Transit Services:

Route Optimization and Central Terminal Analysis

An analysis and business case to confirm proposed enhancements to the existing transit route network, main transfer hub infrastructure requirements, and development of a phased implementation plan to prepare the City for future transit network investments and improvements. Stantec Consulting, a Toronto-based engineering firm, will provide guidance on the project.

Stakeholder engagement is a key component for making improvements to the transit system. To provide your comments and feedback complete the online survey or email  the Stantec team at TBTransit@stantec.com. Transit Services and Stantec will also be at the Open Streets event on September 16, 12-3. Come visit our booth on Simpson at George.

Accessible Bus Stop Improvements and Shelter Upgrades


Refurbishment of multiple bus stops across the transit network to align with the City's accessible bus stop design guidelines, improve the built environment by introducing hard surface mobility pads, increasing sidewalk connectivity to transit stops and restoration of passenger waiting shelters.

Stops being upgraded include:

1216 - Ravenwood & Beverly
1298 - Ravenwood & Beverly
1239 - Edward & Parkway
1470 - River & Madeline, Grandview Mall
1785 - River at Madeline
1696 - James & McGill
1723 – James & McGill
1730 - James & Mini-Queens Park
1803 - Memorial & Thirteenth
1056 – Mary & Georgina
1144 – Hodder & Arundel
1195 – Court & Cornwall
1232 – Sibley Residence
1330 – Hudson Heights Apartments
1450 – Windsor & Junot
1165 - Grenville & Rita
1247 - Victoria & Wellington
1283 - Edward & Ward
1378 - County & Wentworth
1380 - County & York
1463 - Algoma & Saint George
1529 - Arthur & Leland
1535 - Arthur & Waterloo
1654 - Redwood & Sherbrooke
1678 - Walsh & Kingsway
1786 - River & Hill
1821 - Superior Collegiate

Bus Stop Signage

Replacement of all bus stop signs across the transit system.

Smart Card Electronic Fare Technology Feasibility Study

A feasibility study will be completed to prepare the City towards the implementation of an electronic fare collection (smart-card/open payment) system including farebox replacement (or portion of) to support next generation of fare collection for the public transit system. In an ever-changing technological environment, this study will help to determine which electronic fare payment system is best suited for Thunder Bay.

Fixed-Route Staff Scheduling Software

Replacement of transit scheduling software to include enhanced options for planning & analysis and daily operations management functions.

city hall transfer hub improvements

Bus stop and shelter infrastructure at the City Hall Transfer Hub will be replaced by introducing improved accessibility and mobility access, passenger amenities including heated shelters, canopies and real-time electronic passenger information signs. This work is currently underway - sidewalk and shelter pad improvements will be complete in October 2017; shelter and signage installation will be complete Spring 2018.

Conventional and specialized fleet renewal

Transit will replace twelve (12) conventional buses, scheduled to arrive in November 2017 and March 2018. The new buses will  have one (1) rear-facing wheelchair securement space and one (1) forward-facing wheelchair securement space. The driver's side perimeter seating will be replaced with single, forward facing seating. Composite resin seating for increased comfort and lower maintenance costs is also being introduced. The buses will maintain wide aisels to accommodate mobility aides and strollers; rear-facing wheelchair stanchion; designated priority and courtesy seating; on board and pre-boarding announcements; video surveillance; and high colour-contrasted grab bars, handholds, handrails, and stanchions.

There will also be twelve (12) specialized buses arriving in 2017 and 2018 and will continue to have the following features: spring suspension with air ride assist; rear lift access; eight (8) seats; and hour (4) wheelchair securement seats.