Calgary Transit will hit the accelerator on its capital projects after a major funding announcement yesterday.

Federal, provincial and municipal governments will join together in an equal partnership that will see $270 million go towards enhancing the C-Train system in Calgary.

“It really is bringing forward a number of identified projects to start making it easier for commuters to get around,” said Mayor Dave Bronconnier, who came to Victoria Park Stampede Station for the announcement. Also present were federal Environment Minister Jim Prentice and provincial Justice Minister Alison Redford. Bronconnier said that the funding shows the federal government is recognizing and investing in public transit

“It links the Government of Canada’s aspiration in terms of economic growth, job creation and environmental protection and the provincial government’s desire to make sure we have viable options to commute because Calgary is a hub for the southern Alberta region,” Bronconnier said.

One of the fast-tracked projects is the southeast Bus Rapid Transit service, which was slated to start within two years.

The $30-million project will go towards two Park and Ride lots in Douglasglen and McKenzie, new bus zones and larger bus shelters.

“This is not just building a park and ride,” said Ron Collins, communications co-ordinator for Calgary Transit.

“This is putting the infrastructure we require along the line to accommodate BRT.”

The new funding will also see $6 million put towards upgrading the closed-circuit-television security system, bringing the program years forward, said Collins.

Construction of most of the projects is expected to begin later this year. The West LRT Station project will start in 2010.