Burlington receives more than $2.3M from province to expand, improve public transit


Published January 21, 2022 at 10:49 am

The Ontario government is providing more than $2.3 million to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in Burlington.

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.

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.

“I am so pleased to announce this funding for Burlington Transit. It’s great news for our community’s residents and for commuters,” said Oakville North – Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos.

“By investing $2,381,115 in gas tax revenue, the Government of Ontario is encouraging faster and better transit services and greener travel. Our government is committed to public transit and providing people with the services they want and need.”

According to a City spokesperson, the funding was included in the 2022 budget and will be used to cover operational costs and purchase new buses.

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