Boost To Transit Funding
(Dufferin-Caledon) Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon is pleased to announce that our government is supporting the expansion and improvement of public transit systems across Ontario. In 2019, the Ontario government is providing $364 million in gas tax funding to 107 municipalities across Ontario to invest in public transit. This gas tax funding is required to be used on extending hours of public transit services, improving accessibility, improving transit infrastructure, and investing in transit vehicles.
Orangeville will receive $304,354 from the gas tax program to invest in public transit. Peel Region will receive $774,606 for public transit. “Transit is an integral part of an urban centre and the provincial funds will benefit the community as a whole,” said Orangeville Mayor Sandy Brown. “The gas tax funds will go to good use to make Orangeville Transit more convenient and accessible for a growing ridership. We are working on some transit initiatives including a new transfer station and GPS (Global Positioning System) technology to show where buses are at any time. This funding may also allow us to look at extending operating times and a possible partnership with Dufferin County to help residents get to Orangeville and connect with GO Transit.”
If you have any questions about transit funding, please contact my office at email@example.com or call 1-800-265-1603.
The above media release provided by Sylvia Jones, MPP Dufferin-Caledon.
Could this announcement translate into funding for Shelburne’s future transportation aspirations?
Shelburne’s Deputy Mayor, Steve Anderson commented during a telephone interview that Shelburne definitely needs transportation and with an expected 600 additional families soon arriving in Shelburne due to new housing developments, Shelburne will reach the estimated population growth requirement where transportation will be required as part of Shelburne’s sustainability. Anderson believes that transportation is an essential ingredient to Shelburne’s future also mentioning that it might be time to revisit an older transportation plan that previous council had examined, scrutinize it’s viability and perhaps bring forth again in the hopes of taking advantage of some of the government funding if at all possible. Anderson did put forth a resolution for consideration regarding a request that Dufferin County consider transportation options from Shelburne into Orangeville when attending the Inaugural Dufferin County Council Meeting in December. Clearly a thought provoking issue that must be carefully considered moving forward when weighing the needs of the Shelburne community and prioritizing while keeping the big picture for Shelburne in mind.
The next Shelburne Council meeting will be Monday, January 14 starting at 6 p.m. held in Chambers located in the upper level of Shelburne Town Hall.