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City receives additional pandemic relief for transit services

Sault gets more than $1 million in new Safe Restart Agreement funding
A Sault Transit bus travels on Queen Street East on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017. Michael Purvis/SooToday

The City of Sault Ste. Marie will receive an additional $1,176,131 in government funding to help address the financial impacts on its transit system caused by the pandemic, local MPP Ross Romano announced in a media release issued today.

The latest instalment of this Safe Restart Agreement funding brings the total amount in Sault Ste. Marie over $3.9 million.

“This is great news for Sault Ste. Marie,” said MPP Ross Romano in the release. “COVID-19 continues to have a heavy impact on our community and a greater impact on our public transit system. This additional funding will ensure local transit continues to operate, provide a clean and safe environment for riders, and provide a vital service for those who need it most.”

“We heard from municipalities and we are responding to their need for more support as COVID-19 continues to result in lost revenue and additional costs for transit systems,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Transit operators have done an incredible job keeping transit operating during this challenging time, and this support will help ensure there is reliable transportation for people can get to work or pick up essential items.”

“I want to recognize the Government of Ontario for providing the City with support through the Safe Restart Agreement,” said Christian Provenzano, mayor of Sault Ste. Marie. “Throughout the pandemic, the city has prioritized the health and safety of residents during the provision of City services. Transit is a foremost example of our efforts to ensure residents have safe access to the services they need on a day-to-day basis. Support from our government partners helps us continue our efforts.”