Big city mayors want transit help
CANADA & WORLD
The mayors of Canada’s largest cities say they need federal aid to cover tens of millions in ridership revenue shortfalls to stave off a stalling of the country’s economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit municipal coffers hard as cities have watched transit ridership drop along with fare revenue. At the same time, cities have seen expenses rise, leading to budget holes that mayors have repeatedly sought federal cash to fill. Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, chair of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ big city mayors’ caucus, said big cities are focusing first on getting help for transit costs to avoid cuts in service that he added would hurt workers and businesses that rely on train and bus services.