Metrolinx saves municipalities money on accessible public transit vehicles

TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Metrolinx has purchased 27 new accessible eight-metre buses through joint procurement partnerships between 11 municipalities, the first collaboration of its kind for specialized vehicles in Ontario.

Municipalities and their non-profit specialized transit service providers who participated in the joint bus order are saving approximately $400,000 on the order that is valued at $3.5 million

"Accessible transit can be an important lifeline for people with disabilities and seniors to access jobs, community, friends and family," said Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson. "Helping Ontario communities purchase accessible buses and improve transit is part of the McGuinty government's Open Ontario plan."

The 11 participating municipalities and non-profit organizations are Durham Region, Sarnia, North Bay, Welland, Kenora, HAGI (Thunder Bay), Cornwall, Community Care North Hastings (Bancroft), Oakville, St. Thomas and York Region. 

"By working together, we were able to generate a significant cost savings with a lower unit price on the new buses and reduced administrative costs for all parties associated with the joint procurement process," said Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig. "We are helping municipalities get more out of their investment and continuing to make progress on improving public transit services."

These high-floor and low-floor buses are accessible and carry up to six passengers with personal mobility devices at a time. The buses will use clean diesel and meet 2010 emissions standards. 

Metrolinx is a Crown agency of the Province of Ontario. For more information, visit our website www.metrolinx.com  

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Metrolinx joint procurement of specialized buses on behalf of municipalities

Metrolinx has successfully co-ordinated the purchase of 27 new accessible 8-metre buses through a joint procurement, on behalf of 11 municipalities and non-profit specialized transit service providers. The joint bus order, valued at $3.5 million, will save approximately $400,000 for municipalities.

The high-floor and low-floor accessible buses are designed to carry up to six personal mobility devices (PMDs) at a time.

The buses will help benefit passengers in Durham Region, Sarnia, North Bay, Welland, Kenora, Thunder Bay (HAGI), Cornwall, Bancroft (Community Care North Hastings), Oakville, St. Thomas and York Region. 

They will be supplied by two Canadian dealers - one in Ontario and the other in Saskatchewan. The buses will use clean diesel and meet 2010 emissions standards. 

Creative Carriage
Creative Carriage Ltd., incorporated in 1988 specifically to build accessible taxis, was the first Canadian company to manufacture an accessible taxi to meet all federal and provincial safety standards.

Creative Carriage continues to develop and expand its product line to include not only accessible taxis, but full size lift equipped vans, custom Sprinter conversions, Braun Entervans and a full line of Arboc, Champion and General Coach Buses. For more information, go to creativecarriage.com.

Crestline Coach Ltd.
Founded by three young entrepreneurs eager to prove to the world that they could build a better ambulance, Crestline has grown to become one of North America's leading ambulance, bus and specialty vehicle manufacturer and distributors.

Crestline distributes a full range of commercial and speciality buses, and they distribute a wide variety of brand products including Goshen and ElDorado National. For more information, go to crestlinecoach.com.

SOURCE Metrolinx

For further information:

Media enquiries - Vanessa Thomas: 416-874-5974, Ian McConachie: 416-874-5975 or Malon Edwards: 416-874-5945

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