Province Boosts Public Transit In Brampton



    McGuinty Government Helps Municipalities Across Ontario Renew Bus Fleets

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The Ontario government will invest nearly $1.5 million in the City of
Brampton under the Ontario Bus Replacement Program (OBRP).
    Created in 2007 to improve public transit service, increase ridership and
accessibility, OBRP provides long-term, sustainable transit funding that
municipalities such as Brampton can use to replace conventional and
specialized transit buses.
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $7.4 billion to support
public transit across Ontario, which has contributed to:

    
    -   An increase in transit ridership of 102 million passenger trips
    -   A reduction of 85 million car trips, reducing traffic congestion, and
        allowing people and goods to move more quickly
    -   A reduction of 350,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions
    

    QUOTES

    "This bus replacement program will mean that transit riders in Brampton
will have access to newer, more efficient and accessible buses. Building
better transportation just makes it easier for people to get to work, shopping
or appointments."
    - Linda Jeffrey
(http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/members/members_detail.do?locale=en&ID=2108), MPP
for Brampton-Springdale, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of
Transportation

    "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

    "Today is a great day for Brampton Transit. We thank the provincial
government for their investment, which will see ten new accessible and
environmentally-friendly buses added to our fleet this year. As the City of
Brampton continues to grow, we are committed to providing affordable and
environmentally sustainable transit options for our residents, and today's
announcement will only help to improve our award-winning system."
    - Susan Fennell, Mayor of Brampton

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   In 2009, OBRP funding is expected to help support the planned,
        provincewide replacement of 470 municipal transit buses.

    -   This year, 47 municipalities across Ontario will share $50 million
        OBRP funding for their planned transit bus replacements.

    -   Since 2004, Ontario municipalities have received more than $1.3
        billion in Gas Tax funding - $29.2 million in the City of Brampton.

    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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