December 19, 2017
“Funding for the Gas Tax Program is permanent, helping Toronto with transit infrastructure projects, buying more buses, adding new routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility,” said Hoskins, noting “more public transit makes it easier for people to travel to and from work, school and appointments, reduces congestion and lowers air pollution. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.”
The Province has committed to increasing Gas Tax funding from two cents per litre to 2.5 cents per litre in 2019/20, to three cents per litre in 2020/21 and to four cents per litre in 2021/22.
The Gas Tax program provides municipalities with a source of long-term, sustainable funding for public transit.
Since 2003, the province has invested more than $29.2 billion in public transit in Ontario, including more than $14.5 billion in GO Transit.
In addition to earlier transit commitments, the province’s Moving Ontario Forward plan will invest $31.5 billion over 10 years for transit, transportation and other priority infrastructure projects across the province, providing:
• about $16 billion in funding for priority rapid transit projects in the GTHA; and
• about $15 billion for investments in roads, bridges, transit and other critical infrastructure projects across the province.
These investments, confirmed through the 2015 and 2016 Ontario Budgets, will support the development of an integrated transportation network across the province, help to manage congestion, connect people to jobs and improve the economy and residents’ quality of life.
Creating more transit options for commuters and families is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
This year the province committed $357.2 million in gas tax funding to 105 municipalities, providing service to 142 communities, the most since the program began in 2004. The funding is expected to increase to about $401.3 million in 2019–20, $481.5 million in 2020–21 and $642 million in 2021–22.
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