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Better Public Transit For Toronto

Toronto to receive $169 Million in gas tax funding

NEWS                                                                                                                        November 13, 2015

Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Torontonians get out of their cars and onto public transit.

For the 12th consecutive year, Ontario is providing support to Toronto to improve its public transit system. This year Toronto will receive $ 169,168,718 in gas tax funding.  This is a 3.9% increase over last year’s allocation.

In addition Ontario is building new transit lines in Toronto such as the Eglinton Crosstown, Spadina Subway extension, and has committed funds towards the Scarborough Subway, Finch LRT, and increasing service along our GO Transit lines.  We have announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The 2015-16 gas tax funding builds on that progress.

Investing in transit is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

QUOTES

“Support from the province is paying off for Toronto, allowing the TTC to continue to attract record ridership.  With the major transit improvements currently under construction in the city real progress to ease congestion is being made.”

- Peter Milczyn, MPP Etobicoke Lakeshore

QUICK FACTS

  • In 2013, Ontario made its funding for the Gas Tax Program permanent 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 2014, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems across the province, compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 181 million car trips from Ontario roads.
  • Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
  • Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.

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Contacts:

Office of Peter Milczyn, MPP
Etobicoke-Lakeshore

933 The Queensway

Etobicoke ON M8Z 1P3

(416) 259-2249

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