Orangeville, Caledon to receive provincial funds for COVID-19 transit cleaning

July 10, 2020   ·   0 Comments

By Paula Brown

Orangeville and Caledon will receive provincial funding to cover additional costs associated with cleaning municipal buses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Local MPP Sylvia Jones announced the news on Friday, revealing the two communities would share $37,554 in additional funding. Ontario’s Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney revealed this was part of a $15 million investment province-wide. 

“We recognize that municipal transit agencies across the province are facing significant financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Ms. Mulroney said. “That is why we are providing funding for enhanced cleaning on public transit systems and continuing to work closely with our municipal partners to support safety on public transit.”

The funding is being provided to help keep transit riders and operators safe and reduce the transmission of COVID-19. The funding that the two towns will receive is part of a $15 million provincial support for 110 municipalities across the province to go towards increased transit cleaning with the continued reopening of the province. 

Orangeville Mayor, Sandy Brown said, “The Town of Orangeville is committed to keeping Orangeville Transit safe for its riders during the COVID 19 pandemic. Cleaning protocols and safety measures have been significantly increased. Many thanks to the Province of Ontario for recognizing these additional expenses and providing funding. 

The Ontario government recently released safety guidelines for public transit agencies and according to the press release the enhanced transit cleaning funding will help with the government and public health recommendations. 

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