Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Providing More Transit Funding for Durham Region
Supporting More Travel Options, Improving Local Transit for Commuters and Families
Whitby, ON – Feb 1, 2017
Ontario is boosting support for Durham Region by providing reliable, long-term funding to improve and expand local transit and offer more travel options for commuters and families.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca was joined by Pickering-Scarborough MPP Tracy MacCharles, Ajax Pickering MPP Joe Dickson, Durham MPP Granville Anderson, and Regional Chair Roger Anderson in Whitby to make the announcement.
The province has heard directly from people who are frustrated by their daily commute and from regions and municipalities that are struggling to meet their transit needs. In response to these concerns, starting in 2019, Ontario will increase funding for Durham Region and other municipal transit systems across the province through an enhancement to the existing gas tax program, doubling the municipal share from two cents per litre to four cents by 2021. There will be no increase in the tax that people in Ontario pay on gasoline as a result of the enhancement to the program.
Durham Region is able to use the new funding to plan for and make major infrastructure upgrades, buy additional transit vehicles, add more routes, extend hours of service, implement fare strategies and improve accessibility.
Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.