Mayor Al McDonald says North Bay Transit has made plenty of improvements over the years and the nearly $900,000 in funding from the provincial government will help to continue that trend.

“From a growth perspective, our council is all about growing the city…Vic’s a previous mayor, he fully understands what it takes to run a transit system.

“When you talk about what transit has got to do with growing a city, it’s getting workers to their employment,” said McDonald. “It’s getting seniors to [medical appointments] or grocery shopping. Transit plays a critical role in growing a city.”

Nipissing MPP and Ontario Finance Minister Vic Fedeli was on hand Wednesday to announce the funding. “Our government is working to making life better and more affordable for the people of Ontario. That’s why we’re making important investments in public transit, lowering taxes, reducing red tape and ensuring Ontario is open for business” said Fedeli.

Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province. The program provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues.

Municipalities receiving gas tax funding must use these funds towards their public transit capital and/or operating expenditures, at their own discretion, including upgrading transit infrastructure, increasing accessibility, purchasing transit vehicles, adding more routes and extending hours of service.