News Kapuskasing And Hearst Both Receive Funding Boosts To Local Transit SHARE ON: Nick Birnie, staff Friday, Jan. 11th, 2019 Kapuskasing and Hearst are getting a boost towards expanding their current transit systems. The province of Ontario has announced this week that they will help 107 municipalities across the province expand or improve their public transit systems through Ontario’s gas tax program. Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek says they are investing to make things more convenient for the public to put it to use. “We are investing in public transit to make it a more convenient travel option and to attract more riders, more public transit will cut through gridlock and get people moving.” Ontario will spend $364 million total this year, with $45,632 going to Hearst and $73,074 to Kapuskasing. The funding is based off of the number of litres of gas sold in the province, the program then provides municipalities with two cents per litre of provincial gas tax revenues. Kapuskasing and Hearst must use these funds towards their public transit or operation expenses by increasing accessibility, upgrading their current infrastructure and adding routes or extending hours to their service. A full list of all municipalities and their funding can be found here.