McGuinty Government Strengthens Public Transit In London
$4.5 Million In Provincial Gas Tax Means New Routes And Expanded Service
LONDON -- Public transit users in London can expect improved service and the addition of new routes because of $4.5 million in gas tax money from the Province.
"London is one of our major cities, a leader in business, education and health care, and it needs and deserves a high-quality public transit system," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
"Dedicating gas tax money to public transit here helps the people of London reach their destinations and work towards their goals, and that strengthens Ontario."
London Transit operates the largest transit system in southwestern Ontario with more than 17 million riders annually. Ridership is projected to increase by 1.5 per cent in 2005, which translates into an additional 300,000 riders.
London's expanded service will include:
- More frequent service on high-volume routes such as Dundas Street, Richmond Street and Wonderland Road
- Additional service, more frequent buses or expanded peak service to the downtown area, regional malls, University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College
- New feeder service to growing parts of the city, such as Summerside, Stoney Creek, Sunningdale and Uplands.
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 London 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."