Ontario’s Government Boosting Transit Funding for  St. Catharines and Pelham

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News from the Constituency Office of Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff

Posted January 18th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff .

Niagara, Ontario – Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West has announced that the municipalities of St. Catharines and Pelham will be receiving $2,632,909 and $51,334 respectively in provincial funding. Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems with Ontario’s gas tax program.

“St. Catherines and Pelham can use this funding to upgrade transit service, purchase new vehicles, add routes, and improve accessibility,” said Oosterhoff. “The goal is to keep commuters moving, and prevent gridlock.”

“We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and attract more riders,” said Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation.

This year, the province is providing $364 million in gas tax funding to 107 municipalities providing public transit service to 144 communities across Ontario. These communities represent over 92 per cent of Ontario’s total population.

Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province. The program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues.

Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures, at their own discretion, including upgrading transit infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, adding more routes and extending hours of service.

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