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Canadian government issues transit security grants

Yesterday, the Canadian government announced it’s awarding another round of grants under Transit-Secure, a federal passenger-rail and urban transit security program that provides $80 million in direct assistance for immediate security improvements.

Under the current round — the fourth since the program was created in 2006 — the government will provide $19.9 million to rail and urban transit operators. Program grants will cover 75 percent of project costs; recipients are required to provide a 25 percent match.

The government will award:

• $7.1 million to Vancouver’s TransLink to implement access control measures, upgrade communication equipment, build a security center, improve training, upgrade infrastructure and conduct internal assessments;

• $4.2 million to Société de transports de Montréal to conduct internal assessments and upgrade surveillance technologies;

• $2 million to Agence métropolitaine de transport to upgrade communication equipment, and infrastructure, conduct internal assessments, and implement access control measures and surveillance technologies;

• $1.8 million to Union Station managers to improve training, upgrade communication equipment and implement access control measures;

• $1.3 million to Ottawa’s OC Transpo to upgrade communication equipment and infrastructure;

• $900,000 to Calgary Transit to increase public awareness, upgrade infrastructure, implement access control measures and improve surveillance technologies;

• $870,000 to Toronto Transit Commission to conduct internal assessments and implement access control measures; and

• $495,000 to Toronto’s GO Transit for a security center and to improve training.

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