Province Boosts Public Transit Across Ontario



    McGuinty Government Helps Municipal Transit Systems Meet Growing Demand

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Municipal transit systems across Ontario are putting 470 new buses on the
road to improve public transit service, increase ridership and accessibility,
and improve air quality.
    Through the Ontario Bus Replacement Program (OBRP), the Ontario
government is investing $50 million to help 47 municipalities across the
province replace aging buses in their transit fleets.
    OBRP provides long-term, sustainable transit funding that municipalities
can use to replace both conventional and specialized transit buses.

    QUOTES

    "The McGuinty government is making record investments in public transit.
We want to get more people out of single-occupant cars and onto transit.
Transit investments improve the air we breathe and support our fight against
climate change."
    - Jim Bradley (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.shtml),
Minister of Transportation

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $7.4 billion in
        public transit across Ontario, which has:
           -  increased transit ridership by 102 million passenger trips
           -  Eliminated 85 million car trips, reducing traffic congestion,
              and allowing people and goods to move more quickly
           -  Eliminated 350,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions

    -   By September 2009, Ontario municipalities will have received more
        than $1.3 billion in Gas Tax funding to purchase expansion buses and
        refurbish conventional transit buses.

    LEARN MORE

    Read more about the Government's commitment to improve transit
(http://www.metrolinx.com/en/default.aspx)

    Read Go Green (http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/doing.php),
Ontario's Action Plan on Climate Change.

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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