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Jul 29

ATU applauds emergency funding for Ontario’s transit systems, encourages other Provinces to make the same commitment

Silver Spring, MD – Citing the historic Ford Government’s transit funding agreement in Ontario to match the federal funding under the Safe Start Agreement, the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) applauded the $2 billion in funding that will provide critical relief for Ontario’s transit systems.

“The ATU is encouraged by the Ford Government’s commitment to funding Ontario’s public transit systems that have been devastated by the pandemic,” said ATU International President John Costa. “We hope this creates momentum in Provinces across Canada to recognize the importance of saving public transit in their communities and pledge to do same.”

Even before the pandemic hit, ATU has been pushing for a national transit strategy with critical dedicated operational funding for transit agencies across Canada. As COVID-19 has ripped into transit ridership numbers and the local sales tax revenues that funds many systems, that need is even greater now.

“ATU members across Canada have been heroically coming to work every day to provide essential transportation, frightened that they are putting themselves and their families at risk of contracting the Coronavirus,” Costa continued. “They are doing this because they know many people can’t afford a car and rely on transit to get to work, the grocery store, the doctor, and the pharmacy. That’s why we need our elected officials to recognize that public transportation is an essential public service that needs to be fully funded.”