Financial Fuel for
Hinton Public Transit System
August 31, 2022
The Town of Hinton is thrilled to receive further funding to support Hinton Public Transit System from our provincial and federal governments.
Hinton has been awarded $14,919 on top of the $5,000 already received under the Alberta Relief for Shortfalls for Transit Operators (RESTOR) program.
This program was designed to provide "a top-up to assist municipalities that are feeling the financial pinch from low ridership over the last two years due to COVID-19”. In total, the province is committing $79.5 million, which has been matched by the federal government, to support 26 Alberta communities.
In April 2022, the Town of Hinton was awarded $5,000 from the RESTOR program but following an application review was found to be eligible for the extra funds, totalling the amount due to Hinton to $19,919.
“We appreciate the province considering the re-estimate of our application and we are fortunate to have funding to put towards the revenue losses due to COVID-19 impacts. We are seeing about 150 ridership increase each week since June 2022 and we are hopefully the increase continues,” said Caryn Bouchard, Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) Manager for the Town of Hinton.
Mayor Marcel Michaels said, “Public transit is a vital service in our community and this investment will help strengthen our system. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in this grant application and subsequent re-evaluation.”