Kate’s vision: We want to give every Ontarian the option of getting to where they need to be using public transit powered by electric vehicles.
The average Ontario family spends over $13,000 a year on transportation, and still cannot always get where they need to go. Faster, more reliable public transit makes life better for Ontarians, and leaves more money in their wallets by saving on driving, parking, and perhaps even that second car that spends most of the time in the garage. And by using clean, electric vehicles, we can improve our local air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, cities already have plans to make this vision a reality. They recognize that electric vehicles are the right thing to do for the environment and save money through lower operating costs. These savings get returned to riders in the form of services expansions and lower prices for passengers.
Municipalities are moving in this direction, but they're hampered by a lack of funds after Premier Ford broke his promise to honour the previous government’s commitment to double transit funding. They’re hampered by interference from Queen’s Park, from politicians with hastily put together plans trying to claim credit.
What municipalities need is not more bureaucracy, but more funding. Here’s how we’ll make it happen.
5 Point Plan for Affordable Green Transit
- Triple the provincial transfer to municipal public transit by increasing the Ontario Gas Tax Fund transfer from 2 cents to 6 cents a litre. When fully phased in, this would provide municipal transit services with an additional $800 million per year for public transit expansion and electrification. Funding will be at the rate of 4 cents a litre in 2022-23, rising to 5 cents in 2023-24 and then 6 cents in 2024.
- Develop a set of targets, in collaboration with municipalities, for every municipal transit system to be carbon neutral.
- Provide an additional $30 million over 4 years to the Community Transportation Grant Program for zero-emission buses and charging infrastructure in areas that are underserved by public transit.
- Work with Metrolinx to significantly expand GO Bus service, using zero-emission vehicles, to more communities in the province, to provide more Ontarians with affordable intercity transit options.
- Recognizing that small, rural and northern communities also need funding for critical transportation projects, increase the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund by $100 million annually.
Show your support for this plan by signing on to our petition!
You can click here to download a PDF of this plan that has more background on how it connects to our well-being approach.