Promises from Ontario’s three main political parties on transit
Here’s a glance at promises Ontario’s three major political parties have made on transit:
LIBERALS: Increasing the share of provincial gas taxes that flows to municipalities for transit projects until it doubles from current levels and reaches four cents per litre by 2021-22, expanding an LRT project in Ottawa, committing $9 billion to various projects in Toronto including a downtown relief line.
NDP: Funding 50 per cent of net transit and paratransit costs across the province, funding a downtown relief line in Toronto, an LRT project in Hamilton and the next phase of an LRT line in Ottawa, capping GO Transit fares at $3 for trips of less than 10 kilometres in length, urging Metrolinx to try to co-ordinate services and schedules with Via Rail and municipal transit systems.
PROGRESSIVE CONSERVATIVES: Pledging $5 billion toward subways in Toronto plus making the province responsible for the infrastructure of the Toronto Transit Commission, completing the next phase of the Ottawa LRT project, supporting regional transit projects in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton, London and Waterloo Region, prioritizing underground transit generally, maintaining the Liberals’ current and projected share of the gas tax flowing to municipalities and earmarked for transit.