FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 28th, 2019
Ontario Government Announces Grants to Help Improve Transit in Communities Across the Province
Simcoe County to Receive $445,450 as Part of Ontario’s Community Transportation Grant Program
SIMCOE NORTH - Ontario’s Government for the People is helping 40 communities across the province improve transportation services within and between communities to make it easier for people to get around.
Jill Dunlop, MPP for Simcoe North, stated that Simcoe County would be receiving $445,450 of support through the Community Transportation Grant Program.
“This investment will improve the quality of life for many people in our communities that are currently underserved by transit. Whether it’s seniors, students or others, access to transit helps people get where they need to be and live active, independent lives” said Dunlop.
The program will make it more convenient for Ontarians, including seniors, students, youths and persons with disabilities to access essential services in their communities, connect with other transportation services, and travel between cities and towns.
Through the program, the province will provide municipalities with $30 million over five years to support local transit and intercommunity bus service in areas with little or no public transit. Funding will be provided for 45 different projects in 40 communities.
- Up to $30 million in grants over five years will be awarded to municipalities to partner with community organizations, health agencies, transit agencies, school-bus and private transportation operators, to coordinate local transportation services and/or run intercommunity routes.
- The new Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a successful pilot program that provided nearly $3 million in funding for 22 municipalities since 2015.
- In the first year of the pilot program, more than 28,000 people used the new services to make more than 105,000 trips.
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