The Ontario government has announced its allocation of $357.2 million in gas tax funding to 105 municipalities across the province, including Kingston and neighbouring communities.
These funds are be provided to help the municipalities enhance and expand their transit systems, reduce congestion, and shorten commute times.
In a government release, creating more public transit is promoted as making it easier for people to travel to and from work, school and appointments, reducing congestion and lowering air pollution. It states that one bus can remove up to 40 vehicles from the road, keeping 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, made the announcement Tuesday in Brampton along with Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Sprindale, and Brampton Mayor Linda Jeffrey.
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This morning I was joined by MPP @Harindermalhi and Mayor @LindaJeffrey in Brampton to announce this year's gas tax funding for municipalities. This year the province committed $357.2 million in gas tax funding to 105 municipalities, providing service to 142 communities! pic.twitter.com/oNK3MLN3RM
— Steven Del Duca (@StevenDelDuca) December 19, 2017
Earlier this month, 2016 Census data revealed Kingston had the highest ridership growth of people getting to work by bus out of all Canadian cities – up 33 percent between 2011 and 2016.
Kingston is set to receive $2,645,735 in gas tax funding this year. Nearby municipalities also receiving funds include Belleville ($698,196), Brockville ($223,047), Loyalist Township ($172,815), Prince Edward County ($97,980), and South Frontenac ($80,882).
Photo: City of Kingston Rider Etiquette page