Gas Tax Fuels Transit Improvements
Ontario Government Strengthens Commitment to Public Transit
Ontario is providing $324 million in gas tax funding to 96 municipal transit systems this year.
The funding will help municipalities expand and improve public transit infrastructure, increase accessibility, buy more conventional and specialized transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service.
This year, the Ontario government made its Gas Tax Program permanent to help municipalities improve public transit, ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution. The change was made as part of the 2013 Budget to provide stability for municipalities and help them plan.
Investing in public transit is part of the Ontario government's plan to help reduce congestion, strengthen the economy and build a fair and prosperous society.
- Ontario shares two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues with municipalities to expand and improve their public transit systems.
- With this year’s allocation, the Ontario government has committed more than $2.6 billion in gas tax funding since 2004.
- One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
- In 2011, public transit ridership in Ontario increased by nearly 171 million passenger trips compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 143 million car trips off the province’s roads.
“The new Ontario government’s permanent, dedicated Gas Tax Program provides sustainable transit funding municipalities can count on to improve transit services across the province. Our transit investments help build better communities, support our economy, protect our environment and improve overall quality of life for Ontarians.”