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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


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  Home / News Releases / ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DELIVER FOR HAMILTON AREA TRANSIT  

ONTARIO GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO DELIVER FOR HAMILTON AREA TRANSIT

 

Waterdown — The McGuinty government is investing an additional $11,209,240 million for the HSR in shared gas tax receipts to help get more people out of their cars and onto public transit, announced Ted McMeekin, MPP Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale  and Sophia Aggelonitis MPP Hamilton Mountain.

 

“We are delivering on year four of our commitment to pump a share of the provincial gas tax into public transit in the Hamilton community.”  McMeekin said.  “Transit is the antidote to gridlock, and helps make Ontario more economically competitive.”

 

 “The gas tax is paying off for Hamilton because it provides long-term, stable funding, allowing the Hamilton Street Railway to plan significant improvements,” added SophiaAggelonitisMPPHamiltonMountain.

 

The Ontario government’s gas tax funding program has increased ridership by 23 million passenger trips a year since 2004 by helping to expand and improve transit services in Hamilton and in municipalities across Ontario.  This is the equivalent of removing 19 million car trips from our roads.

 

“The gas tax makes a real difference as it provides sustainable funding for municipal transit. It is also an important element of an overall funding strategy for this region's longer-term transit needs. Metrolinx looks forward to addressing these needs as we work with our government partners to develop a long-term transportation vision for citizens in our region.” Rob MacIsaac, Chair, Metrolinx

 

In 2007/08 the Ontario government is providing $314 million in gas tax funding to 108 municipalities, which operate 86 transit systems across the province.  Funding from the gas tax program is in addition to the governments other commitments to strengthen Ontario’s public transit, which include:

 

  

·        MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5-billion public transit investment — the largest build of its kind in Canadian history. This 12-year plan will help replace 300 million car trips per year

 

·        An additional $830 million provided for strategic transit projects in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area through the 2006 MoveOntario initiative. This investment will help ease congestion, improve air quality and create jobs across the province 

 

·        Greater Toronto Transportation Authority, operating as Metrolinx —created to develop a seamless and sustainable regional transportation system for residents and businesses within the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton

 

·        The Presto card — an integrated fare collection system that will eventually enable commuters to travel on public transit from Durham to Hamilton using a single transit card

 

  • The High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Network plan — a 25-year project to add HOV and commuter bus lanes to the 400-series highways and the Greater Golden Horseshoe that will ease congestion and offer faster, more reliable commute times to carpoolers and transit users and

 

  • ReNew Ontario — the government’s infrastructure investment plan. In ReNew Ontario’s first five years, the government will have invested $11.4 billion in public transit, highways, borders and other transportation.        

 

 

 

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For further information, please contact

Ted McMeekin, MPP   905-690-6552