Ontario Gives Boost to Public Transit in Toronto
Toronto – The Ontario government is providing $185,139,981 to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in Toronto. The funding is part of the province’s Gas Tax program which will allocate $375.6 million this year to 107 municipalities that deliver public transit.
“COVID-19 has put pressure on all sectors of society. That’s why supporting transit systems is more important then ever as they work to maintain a high standard of service. Because people are driving less and therefore sales at the pump are reduced, our government has topped up the Gas Tax this year to compensate for that shortfall.” Christine Hogarth, MPP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore.
Funding for the Gas Tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax revenue, which can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
To make up for reduced gas sales due to COVID-19, this year’s Gas Tax funding includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million to ensure municipalities can support their transit systems.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen how critical public transit is for frontline workers and for Ontarians who depend on these services to get to medical appointments, the grocery store and other important locations,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Gas Tax funding remains a vital source of long-term transit funding that municipalities can rely on to help operate and expand existing public transit services – ensuring people have access to safe and reliable transportation when they need it.”