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