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Gas Tax Funding Fuels Transit Growth

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Gas Tax Funding Fuels Transit Growth

Ontario Investing $321.5 Million to Improve Transit, Create Jobs

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is providing $321.5 million in gas tax funding to 96 municipalities this year to help expand and improve public transit.

The Ontario Gas Tax Program helps municipalities increase accessibility, buy more transit vehicles, add more routes and extend hours of service, making it easier for people to use public transit. It will also help ease traffic congestion and reduce air pollution.

Expanding public transit is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario shares two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues with municipalities to expand and improve public transit.
  • With this year’s allocation, the Ontario government has committed $3.1 billion in gas tax funding since 2004.
  • The Ontario government made the funding for its Gas Tax Program permanent in 2013 to help municipalities improve transit.
  • 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 2013, there was an increase of more than 204 million trips on municipal transit systems, compared to 2003 — equivalent to removing approximately 170-million car trips on roads.

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“Year over year, this program helps improve and expand our public transit systems. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

“Provincial funding has been paying off for our city, allowing Barrie Transit to expand and make significant improvements. The Gas Tax Program helps residents of Barrie to get out of their cars and onto transit.”

Ann Hoggarth

MPP, Barrie

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