Ontario government aims to help communities' transit

On January 25, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek announced financial support for transit projects in communities across Ontario in an effort to make life easier for people living in areas with limited public transportation options.

The five-year, $30-million grant aims to provide more rides to more people to more destinations.

The Community Transportation Grant Program identifies 39 municipalities (see below) that will receive funding to help community organizations partner and co-ordinate local transportation services over the next five years.

“We are working with municipalities to support programs that will help Ontarians stay connected to their communities, so they can access employment and social programs, attend appointments, visit friends and family, and maintain an independent and active lifestyle,” said Jeff Yurek, Ontario’s minister of transportation in a press release. Since the inception of this program in 2015, the province reports that more than 28,000 people have used new services to make more than 105,000 trips.

What the new program looks like

  • 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 Community Transportation Grant Program builds on a community transportation program that provided nearly $3 million in funding for 22 municipalities since 2015.

Community Transportation Grant Program

The goal of the program is to encourage the growth of local transit and intercommunity bus service in areas that are currently unserved or underserved by public transit.

According to the www.grants.gov.on.ca website, the program will make it more convenient for Ontarians, including seniors, students, youths, persons with disabilities and others to access essential services in their communities, connect with other transportation services, and travel between cities and towns.

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