Transit systems welcome PM’s promise to do more as crisis remains
The Canadian Urban Transit Association welcomed the prime minister’s commitment to do more to help cities with their financial crisis and the advance of gas tax funds, but said new federal dollars are needed to prevent transit systems hollowing out.
“We welcome the prime minister agreeing that the pandemic has decimated urban finances and his commitment that more will be done,” said Marco D’Angelo, CUTA’s CEO. “But public transit’s financial crisis remains. We cannot continue to keep transporting essential workers without new federal dollars—soon. And we look forward to working with Ottawa and the provinces to solve the crisis quickly.”
About a million people, many of them essential health, grocery, and janitorial workers, take public transit every day. Yet transit systems revenues have cratered as ridership plummets. It has been almost two months since transit systems asked the federal government for $400 million to replenish lost revenues.
Other countries, including the United States, have included public transit in their pandemic relief programs.
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