Hundreds of old and polluting public transit buses will soon be kicked to the curb as the province rolls out a brand new fleet to serve commuters across Ontario.
Municipal transit systems in 47 communities will be putting a total of 470 new buses on the road. The fleet is being funded through the Ontario Bus Replacement Program, which received an injection of $50 million to replace aging vehicles.
It’s hoped the funding will not only improve public transit service, but will also increase ridership and accessibility and improve air quality. Minister of Transportation Jim Bradley says the goal is to remove single-occupant cars from roads and fight climate change.
By fall, municipalities will have received more than $1.3 billion in gas tax funding to purchase buses.