The provincial government is helping to upgrade public transit systems across the region. Funding has been announced for municipalities across Ontario, including Kenora, Dryden, Machin and Sioux Lookout.

The funding was announced by Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek, and is coming from Ontario’s gas tax program. Funding for Ontario’s gas tax program is determined by the number of litres of gasoline sold in the province, and provides municipalities two cents per litre of provincial revenues.

"We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and to attract more riders," said Yurek. "More public transit will cut through gridlock and get people moving." 

Dryden will receive $26,684. Kenora will receive $150,290. Machin will receive $8,684. Sioux Lookout will receive $46,344.

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

The share that each municipality receives under Ontario's gas tax program is based on a formula of 70 percent ridership and 30 percent population.

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