Province Investing in Enhanced Public Transit CleaningPublished on June 30, 2020
ELGIN-MIDDLESEX-LONDON — Today, MPP Jeff Yurek announced that the province is keeping transit riders and operators safe and reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by providing municipalities with funding to cover additional cleaning costs of municipal transit systems due to COVID-19. This funding is part of $15 million in provincial support for 110 municipalities across the province towards enhanced transit cleaning as the province gradually reopens.
Local allocations are as follows:
- City of London- $433,025
- City of St. Thomas- $16,861
- Municipality of West Elgin- $4,533
Enhanced municipal transit cleaning funding builds upon the recommendations in the recently-released safety guidance for public transit agencies and supports safe and reliable transit public transit that will get people moving, reduce congestion, and drive economic growth.
“I am very proud that our government is providing support to local municipalities in order to protect transit riders and operators from COVID-19,” said MPP Yurek. “Especially during the pandemic, it is critical that people are able to safely travel to and from home as needed.”
“We recognize that municipal transit agencies across the province are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “That is why we are providing funding for enhanced cleaning on public transit systems and continuing to work closely with our municipal partners to support safety on public transit.”
Today’s announcement is part of Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID-19. This $17 billion immediate response provides urgent support to help Ontario businesses, workers, seniors, families, students, Indigenous peoples and communities, and vulnerable populations during COVID-19.
The action plan includes $3.3 billion of additional resources for health care, $3.7 billion to support people and jobs, and it makes available $10 billion for people and businesses through interest and penalty relief measures to improve their cash flow, protecting jobs and household budgets.
- Visit Ontario's websiteto learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.