Today, Ross Romano, MPP for Sault Ste. Marie, announced that the province is keeping transit riders and operators safe by reducing the transmission of COVID-19. The province is providing Sault Ste. Marie with $44,803 to assist the city with 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.
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.
“Health and safety is an absolute priority for our government. I am pleased to share that Sault Ste. Marie has received $44,803 to assist our city with cleaning operations associated with COVID-19 in our local transit system,” said Ross Romano. “Public transit is vital to local economies by ensuring that people can safely get to the places they need to. I would like to thank the city for working to ensure that people who utilize public transit will be able to continue to do so safely in the future.”
“I want to recognize the Ontario Government for supporting public transportation in Sault Ste. Marie.” said Christian Provenzano, Mayor Sault St. Marie. “As a result of COVID-19, Transit Services has experienced decreased revenues – in addition to additional cleaning costs – as we prioritized the health of community members. This support from the province is a very helpful measure as we move towards increased ridership.”
“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.