Ontario Supporting York Region Transit

McGuinty Government Investments Building Strong Communities

MARKHAM – Ontario is helping to make public transit in York Region more convenient, accessible and comfortable for commuters by providing funding for public transit improvements.

This year, The Regional Municipality of York will receive $13,967,142 in provincial funding for municipal transit improvements.

Last year, the Region invested their provincial funding to support 850,000 hours of service for YRT conventional transit and 250,000 hours of service for Viva rapid transit. These funds helped YRT/Viva provide transit to 19.4 million passengers.

“Provincial support is paying off for York Region, allowing significant public transit improvements to be made for local residents and visitors.”
– Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

Through this investment Ontario is helping municipalities expand and improve their public transit systems. Better transit encourages more people to leave their cars at home, helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improves quality of life for Ontarians.

“Through provincial transit funding, The Regional Municipality of York continues to build a modern transit network that will help increase the reliability and efficiency of our transit system. In partnership with the Province, we are transforming the way people move throughout the region and ensuring our transit system keeps pace with planned growth in the region.”
– Bill Fisch, York Region Chairman and CEO

Investing in Ontario’s roads, highways, transit, hospitals and schools is part of the government’s plan to create jobs, grow local economies and ensure the province remains strong and competitive for years to come.

A total of 93 Ontario transit systems, serving 120 municipalities, will share $318 million in provincial funding for municipal transit in 2010-11. With this investment, the provincial government has provided more than $1.9 billion for municipal transit since 2004.

“This funding provides support municipalities can count on to improve transit services across the province. Our record investments in public transit help build better communities and make life easier for Ontarians.”
Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Transportation


  • One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year.
  • Compared to 2003, public transit ridership has increased by nearly 100 million passenger trips provincewide in 2009. This is the equivalent of removing 83 million car trips from our roads.


Read more about how the Open Ontario plan will invest over $32 billion in infrastructure to strengthen the economy and creating and sustaining over 300,000 jobs.


For more information, please contact:

Karen Wilson
Office of Michael Chan, M.P.P.

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