Published December 7, 2022.

Toronto (December 7, 2022) —The Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) commends the Government of Ontario for its continued support of public transit. In an announcement today, Premier Ford and Transportation Minister Mulroney delivered the goods – $505 million in federal-provincial funding to help transit systems cover pandemic-related operating shortfalls in 2022 and maintain transit service levels in Ontario communities.

“Public transit systems and their riders thank Premier Ford and Transportation Minister Mulroney for their ongoing support,” said Kelly Paleczny, chair of OPTA. “These funds allowed Ontario transit systems to maintain service levels, as well as assuring workers, students, seniors, and people living with disabilities can get where they need to go, reliably and affordably.”

Over one hundred municipal transit systems across Ontario will benefit from today’s announcement. Many of these systems are anticipating continued pandemic-related operating shortfalls in 2023. OPTA calls on all levels of government to work together in 2023 to ensure transit service levels are maintained and public transit remains available to those who rely on it every day.

The Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) is the collective voice of the transit industry in Ontario. Our member-driven trade association represents public transit systems, health and social service agency transportation providers, suppliers to the industry, consultants, and government representatives.


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