The City of North Bay is getting over $440,000 in phase four Safe Restart funding from the province.
The money will help municipal transit systems address costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic between Feb. 1, 2022, and Dec. 31, 2022.
The province says the money can be used to cover revenue losses, operating expenses, and provincial transit priority projects, including fare and service integration, and providing On-Demand transit.
“North Bay Transit is continuing to work at rebuilding ridership, which remains below pre-pandemic levels,” says Gord Young, Communications Officer. “The City of North Bay thanks the Province of Ontario for its ongoing support, which has helped to ensure continued transit services for our residents currently and throughout the pandemic.”
Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation says Ontario will continue to champion Municipal needs along with transit users across the province. “This funding, on top of what has already been provided, will help ensure reliable transportation options are available for everyone, whether you’re going to work, school or the grocery store,” she says.
The province says the funding builds on the more than $2 billion in dedicated funding for municipal transit systems that the Ontario and federal governments have provided since 2020.