Ontario government providing over $1.3M in funding to support public transit in Milton
Published January 21, 2022 at 12:05 pm
This week, it was announced that the Ontario government will be providing over $1.3 million in funding to support public transit in Milton.
The Ontario government is providing a total of $1,315,588 to support the expansion and improvement of the Town’s public transit services.
The funding, which is part of Ontario’s Gas Tax program, will allocate a total of $375.6 million this year to 107 municipalities that deliver public transit.
“Our government knows that supporting public transit systems is more important than ever as communities work to maintain service levels during COVID-19,” said Parm Gill, MPP for Milton. “That is why we have increased this year’s Gas Tax funding.”
Currently, municipalities that support public transit services receive two cents per litre of provincial Gas Tax revenue.
This can be used to buy transit vehicles, add routes, extend service hours, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
Additionally, in order to make up for reduced gas sales due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Gas Tax funding for 2022 includes one-time additional funding of $120.4 million.
“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.”