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  • July 08, 2013

Better Public Transit for St. Catharines

Ontario Government Continues to Improve Transit

Ontario’s Gas Tax Program is easing traffic congestion and reducing air pollution in Niagara by getting more people out of their cars and onto public transit.


This year, the City of St. Catharines will receive $2,610,419 in Gas Tax funding. Since 2004, City of St. Catharines has received $21,346,415 in provincial Gas Tax funding for municipal transit.


For the ninth consecutive year, the new Ontario government is providing support to St. Catharines to improve its public transit system. With this support, St. Catharines Transit has:


  • Increased its fleet from 53 to 64 busses, all of which are now low-floor accessible;
  • Constructed a new bus storage addition;
  • Expanded Sunday service by 50%;
  • Replaced all antiquated fare boxes with new electronic fare boxes, and;
  • Increased passenger trips by more than 2 million since 2003;


Investing in public transit is part of the new Ontario government’s plan to help reduce congestion, strengthen the economy and create a fair and prosperous society


  • Ontario’s 2013 budget made the Gas Tax Program permanent to provide stability and certainty for municipalities to improve public transit.
  • Ontario shares two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues with municipalities to expand and improve their public transit systems.
  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
  • In 2011, public transit ridership in Ontario increased by nearly 171 million passenger trips compared to 2003.  This is the equivalent of removing approximately 143 million car trips off our roads.


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