To: Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation

Keep your promise to fund public transit in Ontario

Keep your promise to fund public transit in Ontario

Keep your promise to double transit funding to municipalities across Ontario, and reinstate fair, stable operating funding to local transit agencies by matching existing operating subsidies, so that transit riders get better service and lower fares.

Why is this important?

Municipal public transit in Ontario has been underfunded since 1998 when the Harris government cut the fifty per cent subsidy of the net operating costs of municipal transit agencies [1]. Instead agencies have received a much smaller amount of funding through the Province’s gas tax program since 2004 [2].

To make life affordable, we need good public transit. We need more funding for our municipal public transit systems, so we can have lower fares and better service.

During the 2018 election the Progressive Conservative Party promised to honour the previous government's commitment to double funding for municipal transit [3][4]. This increase in funding is critical in supporting a growing number of municipal transit systems across Ontario, serving over 90% of Ontario’s population [5], that connect our communities. It’s also imperative that long-term stable funding is reinstated for our transit systems to serve our communities well.

Together we can hold the new government to their promise to double their contribution to municipalities and urge them to re-instate stable operating funding.

Supporting Organizations:
ActionKeele - North York
Citizens United for a Sustainable Planet (CUSP) - Thunder Bay
CodeRedTO - Toronto
Environment Hamilton
Hamilton Transit Riders Union
Friends of Sudbury Transit
Healthy Transportation Coalition - Ottawa
Keep York Moving - York Region
London Transit Riders Alliance
London Environmental Network
Scarborough Transit Action Network
South Etobicoke Transit Action Committee
Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
Transit Action Alliance of Guelph (TAAG)
TTCriders - Toronto

[1] https://www.blogto.com/city/2016/04/the_year_it_all_went_down_the_tubes_for_the_ttc/
[2] http://www.octn.ca/uploads/userfiles/files/Kevin%20Dowling%20-%20Gas%20Tax%20Introduction.pdf
[3] https://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2017/01/enhanced-gas-tax-program.html
[4] https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ford-gas-prices-fuel-tax-1.4665386
[5]http://www.octn.ca/uploads/userfiles/files/Questions%20and%20Answers%20on%20the%20Provincial%20Gas%20Tax%20MTO%20March%202017.pdf

How it will be delivered

We plan to deliver these petitions to our local MPP's across Ontario early next year. Email us at info@ttcriders.ca if you would like to join others in your area to deliver these petitions.

Updates

2018-11-26 14:36:51 -0500

25 signatures reached

2018-11-24 17:45:28 -0500

10 signatures reached