McGuinty Government Strengthens Ottawa Public Transit
$18.8 Million In Provincial Gas Tax Helps Transit Expansion, Increases Service
OTTAWA -- The Ontario government's commitment of $18.8 million in provincial gas tax funding will mean an expanded transit system and increased service for the citizens of Ottawa, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
"Ottawa is one of the fastest-growing cities in Ontario, a leader in business, education and health care, and it needs and deserves a high-quality public transit system," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Strengthening public transit through provincial gas tax funding helps the people of Ottawa reach their destinations and work towards their goals, and that strengthens Ontario."
Over the next three years, nearly $85 million of the provincial gas tax will be invested in Ottawa's public transit system. This is over and above the government's existing commitments.
The City of Ottawa is planning to use the gas tax funding to expand the O-Train Light Rail System, including:
- A north-south corridor, connecting the suburban areas to LeBreton Flats and Rideau Centre
- An east-west corridor, connecting Kanata and Orleans and Cumberland
- Connections to the Ottawa International Airport and Carleton University
- New O-Train stations.
Some of the funding will also be used for new buses, expanded routes and increased service.
Over the next three years, more than $600 million of the provincial gas tax will be invested in 78 transit systems, serving 105 municipalities across Ontario.
This new funding is above and beyond the government's existing commitments to strengthen Ontario's public transit. Over the next five years, the government will invest more than $1 billion of gas tax funding in public transit.
"Our plan for Ontario is all about strengthening our people, by strengthening their education, health and prosperity," the Premier said.
"Better public transit here in Ottawa means cleaner air, less traffic and improved access to some of the best places to learn, finest health care facilities and leading business and employment opportunities in the province."