Ontario Investing in Enhanced Public Transit CleaningPublished on July 13, 2020
Ontario provides funding to municipalities to keep passengers and employees safe
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY, ON - Today, David Piccini, MPP Northumberland-Peterborough South, announced that the province is keeping transit riders and operators safe and reducing the transmission of COVID-19 by providing municipalities in Northumberland County with over $30,000 to cover additional cleaning costs of municipal transit systems due to COVID-19.
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This funding is part of $15 million in provincial support for 110 municipalities across the province towards enhanced cleaning of municipal public transit systems as the province gradually reopens.
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.
“We recognize that municipal transit agencies across the province are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” said MPP David Piccini. “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.