The federal government is set to announce a series of ambitious infrastructure projects to improve Canada’s roads, bridges and airports, including a plan to replace the Bitty Baby carriage that ferries Canadians from the airport to the coast.
The government says the new fleet of passenger vehicles will help it reduce its reliance on private vehicles to provide transportation services, and help ensure the country has more people around the clock to respond to emergencies.
A number of countries already offer more than one type of transportation, including bus, train and air.
While a Bitty baby cart is already in operation in Ottawa, it is only one of many new types of transportation the government is proposing to install over the next few years.
Budget 2017 announced the B-1B as a replacement for the aging B-52 Stratofortress, which has been the country’s main transport plane since it first flew in the 1950s.
With the new B-2A bomber, Canada is also replacing the aging CF-18s.
That aircraft, built by Lockheed Martin Corp., will be replaced by the new model B-20 Stratoforts.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Wednesday to announce the new plan.
He will also unveil a new $2-billion infrastructure fund for infrastructure projects, including the $1.3-billion overhaul of the Canada Line, a railway that carries passengers from the east coast to the west coast.
He will also announce $2 billion in funding for roadways and bridges to improve the country.
In addition, he will announce $1 billion for the first phase of the B2A upgrade, and $1-billion for the second phase.
“We are putting a lot of our infrastructure investment into roads and bridges, which is what Canada needs to have more people on the road, not just to the airport,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Wednesday.
Garneau is expected to announce more details on the proposed infrastructure projects later Wednesday.
The B-Boom was first deployed in 1949 and is the largest passenger train in the world, carrying 1.8 million passengers per hour, the National Railways says.
It has a top speed of 55 kilometres per hour and is designed to run on diesel fuel, but it can also use compressed natural gas or natural gas-powered engines.
The train was the largest private passenger passenger train built by any country.
It was originally used for freight shipments from the U.S. to Europe.
However, its use declined after the Cold War as freight prices rose and many cities were unwilling to invest in new infrastructure.
Its last trip in 2009, to take people from Quebec to New Brunswick, was cancelled after the B Boom was delayed.