Better Public Transit For Brampton
November 13, 2015
Twelfth year Gas Tax Funding allocation: $10.1 million to City of Brampton
Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is helping people in Brampton get out of their cars and onto public. For the 12th consecutive year, Ontario is providing support to 95 municipalities to improve public transit systems. This year Brampton will receive $10.1 Million in gas tax funding. With this support, Brampton Transit will be able to ensure future expansions of the Bus Rapid Transit system Züm as well as plan for future transit projects and services for the benefit of Brampton businesses, workers and families.
Ontario is building safe, reliable infrastructure to help create jobs and ensure a bright future for the province. Between April and September of this year alone, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The 2015-16 gas tax funding builds on that Investing in transit is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“Support from the province is paying off for Brampton, allowing Brampton Transit to make significant transit improvements for local families and visitors to our community.”
– Vic Dhillon, MPP for Brampton West
“This gas tax funding leads to more riders on improved public transit systems, and also helps ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution by getting more people out of their cars. Our government is committed to building and revitalizing public infrastructure in order to create jobs, growth and long-term prosperity for all Ontarians.”
– Harinder Malhi, MPP for Brampton-Springdale
“Successful growing communities around the world rely on transit as a means of reliable, timely and affordable connectivity within their city’s borders and outlying regions. I want to thank the Provincial government for its continued partnership and its willingness to invest in transit.”
– Linda Jeffrey, Mayor, City of Brampton
In 2013, Ontario made its funding for the Gas Tax Program permanent to help municipalities improve transit.
One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
In 2014, there was an increase of more than 217 million trips on municipal transit systems across the province, compared to 2003. This is the equivalent of removing approximately 181 million car trips from Ontario roads.
Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.