Barrie, Innisfil, and Simcoe County will receive $4,037,548 from the Ontario government towards the expansion and improvement of public transit services.
This money is part of the province’s Gas Tax program, which has $375.6 million this year to portion out to 107 municipalities that operate public transit.
The province says a one-time amount of $120.4 million will be added to this year’s Gas Tax funding to ensure transit systems are supported by their municipalities.
“Our government knows that supporting public transit systems is more important than ever as communities struggle to maintain service levels during COVID-19,” Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil, said in a media release. “That is why we have topped up this year’s Gas Tax funding to make up for reduced sales at the pump.”
Ontario says the Gas Tax funding is determined by the litres of gas sold in the province the previous year. The Gas Tax revenue can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility or upgrade infrastructure.
“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.”
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