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Ontario transit proposal could cost each household $477 a year

A final report released today by Ontario's transportation agency, Metrolinx, recommends new fees to raise $2 billion annually for public transit in the Greater Toronto Area and the Hamilton area.

If adopted, the proposed fees could amount to each household paying about $477 more in annual taxes, Metrolinx says.

Among the final set of revenue tools recommended to the provincial government are a new parking levy, development charges and a gas tax of five cents on the litre.

Mitzie Hunter, CEO of the non-partisan lobby group CivicAction, said the public should be ready to pay for public transit.

"We feel that it's time for this generation to step up and pay for the transportation system that they need, and that they want," she said.

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