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Red Deer County, in collaboration with the towns of Innisfail and Penhold, are pleased to announce a two-year pilot project that will see transit service between the communities of Innisfail, Penhold, and the County. The route between the City of Red Deer, Springbrook, Penhold and Innisfail, will receive $700,000 in funding from the province. The pilot project will add service for 11,000 residents who had no public transportation in the past.The pilot projects supports new and expanded public transportation services to fill service gaps between communities where there is no existing provider. The goals it to improve public transportation services between Alberta’s mid-sized urban centres and their surrounding communities.The program was developed with input received through a province-wide public engagement with Albertans in 2016 and targeted consultation in 2017. It is designed to allow eligible municipalities to identify and implement projects that best meet the unique needs of their communities.“Regional transit funding will create greater links between our communities, and will go a long way toward improved mobility for our residents. Being able to travel efficiently and safely is essential for our resident’s quality of life and the well-being of our connected communities,” said Mayor Jim Wood.“We’re delighted to move ahead with this immensely valuable service, and are proud to have been part of the collaborative effort to bring it forward. Having a safe and reliable mode of regional transportation will help us further meet the evolving needs of our citizens, and enhance connectivity throughout the region,” said Innisfail Mayor Jim Romane.“We are very pleased with the Province’s commitment to provide pilot funding for public transportation. This inclusive service provides opportunities for all residents to gain more independence and access to surrounding communities. The project’s success will be dependent on the utilization of the service and we encourage our residents to jump on board and enjoy the ride,” said Penhold Mayor Michael Yargeau.