EAST GWILLIMBURY, ON, May 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van
Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of
Parliament for York—Simcoe; Kevin Flynn, Parliamentary Assistant to
Ontario's Minister of Transportation; and Gary McNeil, GO Transit
president, today marked the start of construction of a new GO bus
storage and maintenance facility in East Gwillimbury.
The new bus storage and maintenance facility will allow easy access to
Highway 404 to meet increased demand for GO express service. It will
include indoor bus storage for up to 36 buses and outdoor storage for
four buses; indoor service bays for fuelling, bus wash, inspection,
cleaning and running repairs; building service support areas including
equipment and storage rooms; and staff facilities and parking.
"Support for GO transit in York Region is part of the Harper
government's Economic Action Plan," said Minister Van Loan. "Today's
announcement shows our government's commitment to jobs, economic growth
and transit for our community."
"The new bus storage and maintenance facility will help us expand GO
Transit in the future," said PA Flynn. These important public transit
investments are strengthening rural and small urban communities by
providing commuters better choices, reducing congestion on our roads
and contributing to a better quality of life for families."
"The addition of a new GO Bus maintenance facility will provide
long-term support for the growth, expansion and flexibility of GO Bus
service in York Region, another example of The Big Move in action," said Mr. McNeil.
The facility will aim to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design (LEED) certification through the use of energy efficient
systems, such as bus wash water recycling and other green initiatives.
It will also feature an on-site fuelling station that will result in
less travelling for buses not in service, saving money, time and
reducing gas emissions. The expected completion date for this project
is June 2014.
The total cost of the project is estimated at $20.5 million. The
Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario are each
contributing up to $9.05 million, funded through the GO Transit
Improvement Program, a $500-million joint investment announced by the
federal and provincial governments. The Government of Ontario through Metrolinx is contributing the
Canada's Economic Action Plan 2013 focuses on creating new opportunities
for jobs creation, growth, and long-term prosperity for Canadians.
Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an important part of
this strategy. Thanks to the Government of Canada's leadership, and our
strong economic and financial fundamentals, the Canadian economy has
recovered from the global recession better than most other
industrialized countries. Canada has been a leader among G-7 countries
throughout the recovery with more than 910,000 net new jobs created
since July 2009. Find out more about the opportunities in the Economic Action Plan 2013 at http://www.budget.gc.ca/2013/home-accueil-eng.html.
Investing in public transit is part of the Government of Ontario's plan
to strengthen the economy. A strong economy protects the services that
mean most to Ontario families - health care and education.
For more information on how Ontario is revitalizing its infrastructure,
GO Transit is Metrolinx's regional public transit system linking Toronto
with the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Metrolinx, an agency of the
Province of Ontario, has developed a 25-year, integrated, regional
transportation plan, The Big Move, which identifies York Region as an area that will see significant
growth in the future and that will require infrastructure investments.
GO currently carries about 65 million passengers a year in an extensive
network of train and bus services that spans more than 11,000 square
kilometres. For more information on Metrolinx, The Big Move or GO Transit, visit www.metrolinx.com.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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