Ontario budget invests in public transit infrastructure but work to do on addressing operating shortfalls as Ontario’s population grows

Published March 27, 2024.

TORONTO (March 27, 2024) – The Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) applaud the Government of Ontario for its continued support of public transit infrastructure seen in budget 2024. Notable capital investments include the Downtown Mississauga Loop, and Brampton North Extensions of the Hazel McCallion LRT.

These investments, combined with the launch of the new Ontario Transit Investment Fund and the expansion of the One Fare program, are helping to make public transit a more affordable and reliable option for Ontario’s commuters. The programs outlined in the budget reflect priorities for enhanced rural and urban mobility.

Most Ontario transit systems continue to face operating pressures. Many have resorted to increasing fares, accessing reserve funds, or cutting service.

“We’re pleased to see the government’s record support for public transit infrastructure reflected in this budget,” said Tony D’Alessandro, OPTA Chair and Director of Transit Services, Town of Milton. “As demand for transit grows, we are committed to working with the government to address operating pressures facing Ontario transit agencies.”

Ontario is experiencing rapid community growth, which increases the demand for frequent and reliable public transit.

“Investments in public transit operations are needed to maintain service levels and ensure Ontario’s communities can accommodate growth,” said Kelly Paleczny, CUTA Chair and General Manager, London Transit Commission.

As the announcement of this year’s Ontario Dedicated Public Transit Fund (Ontario Gas Tax Fund) nears, public transit agencies look forward to working with the government to see operating support that unlocks Ontario’s cities’ productivity.


Media Contact:
Jon MacMull
Director, Communications and Public Affairs
Canadian Urban Transit Association
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