Ontario provides more money for public transit in Bay of Quinte municipalities
BAY OF QUINTE – The Ontario government is providing more money to support the expansion and improvement of public transit services in Belleville, Prince Edward County and Quinte West. The funding is part of the province’s gas tax program which will allocate more than $379.5 million to help 107 municipalities operate and improve local transit. The funding for Bay of Quinte is as follows:
- City of Beilleville – $833,872
- Prince Edward County – $146,397
- City of Quinte West – $536,351
“Our government knows that municipal transit systems are essential to the success of our local communities, connecting people and families to jobs, housing and wherever they need to go,” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte. “Under Premier Ford’s leadership, we continue to step up to the plate to provide the funding municipalities need to ensure transit remains a safe and reliable option here in Bay of Quinte and right across the province.”
Added Ric Bresee, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington: “The gas tax fund has been an historic way to provide municipalities with much-needed funding to enable and enhance transit programs, which benefit us in many ways.”
Funding for the gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province during the previous year. Municipalities that support public transit services in their community receive two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenue collected.
To make up for reduced gas sales due to ongoing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s gas tax program includes one-time additional funding of $80 million to help ensure municipalities can continue to support their transit systems.
“Public transit is a key driver of economic growth in Ontario, helping people get to where they need to go, whether it is to work, school, or run errands,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “As more people return to public transit, our government is providing municipalities with the funding they need to accommodate growing ridership, while ensuring they can continue to deliver safe and reliable transit service for people in their communities.”
Gas tax funding can be used to extend service hours, buy transit vehicles, add routes, improve accessibility, or upgrade local infrastructure.