Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Helping Cities and Towns Improve and Expand Public Transit
Province Providing New Funding to Manage Congestion, Improve Commutes
Brampton, ON – Dec 12, 2016
Ontario is helping 99 cities and towns across the province enhance and expand their transit systems, to reduce congestion, shorten commute times, and help people get to where they’re going faster.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, was joined by MPPs Harinder Malhi and Vic Dhillon in Brampton today to announce this year’s gas tax funding for municipalities. Brampton is receiving over $10 million to support upgrades and enhancements that could include purchasing new transit vehicles, adding more routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility.
Improving and expanding public transit also helps reduce air pollution and meet the province’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Ontario is committed to improving local transit systems across the province by providing municipalities with stable funding through the gas tax program. Through this program, 99 municipalities across Ontario will receive funding this year – more than ever before. Gas tax funding will help these municipalities add more routes, improve service and purchase additional transit vehicles – meaningful improvements that will make your daily commute faster.”
Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation