Transit systems to Premier Ford, Minister Mulroney: Thank you
The Canadian Urban Transit Association today thanked Premier Doug Ford and Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney for their $1 billion contribution towards transit’s operating costs. Coupled with federal matching funds, this will deliver $2 billion to public transit in Ontario.
Transit revenue has suffered steep declines during the pandemic but service has continued, in part to get essential workers to their jobs. As the economy reopens, service levels will need to be protected to prevent crowding in the event of cuts.
“Transit systems and their riders thank Premier Ford and Minister Mulroney for their steadfast support of public transit being included in the safe restart agreement,” said Marco D’Angelo, CUTA’s president. “Their recognition of transit’s essential role during the pandemic and in the recovery was unwavering. We are grateful for their vocal and financial support.”
“Throughout the pandemic, transit kept running to keep our communities going. Thanks to the province and federal government, transit will be able to support a safe restart and keep our communities moving,” said Kelly Paleczny, chair of OPTA. “Today’s announcement is most welcome, and we are particularly grateful for Minister Mulroney’s personal attention to transit systems during the pandemic. We look forward to working collaboratively with the government in the months ahead.”
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