Ontario to spend $3.7 million on transit network from Oshawa to Pickering

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Published January 17, 2023 at 12:54 pm

The Province of Ontario is sending more than $3.7 million to Durham Region to boost its transit system, the fourth phase of a more than $505 million Ontario-wide funding top-up from the federal and provincial governments.

The funds aim to alleviate COVID-19-related costs Durham Region Transit has racked up over the last year. Specifically, municipalities can use this money to cover revenue losses, operating expenses, and provincial transit priority projects. These include fare and service integration, and providing On-Demand transit.

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“As public transit systems, like Durham Region Transit, continue to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, this 4th phase of funding will ensure local transit can continue to operate and provide a vital service to those who need it,” said Whitby MPP Lorne Coe.

In total, the federal and provincial governments have contributed $2 billion to 107 municipal transit services since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Durham’s $3.7 million is toward the higher end of funding amounts across all municipalities to receive funding, coming in as the ninth largest top-up overall.

The top-ranking municipalities to receive funding are;

  1. Toronto – $347.9 million
  2. Ottawa – $63.3  million
  3. Mississauga – $18.2 million
  4. Brampton – $13.9 million
  5. York Region – $10.6 million
  6. Waterloo Region – $8.5 million
  7. London – $6.5 million
  8. Hamilton – $5.2 million
  9. Durham Region – $3.7 million
  10. Windsor $3.5 million

 

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