Facility will increase capacity and flexibility for GO Bus service in
OSHAWA, ON, Dec. 19, 2012 /CNW/ - GO Transit officially opened its new
Oshawa Bus Services Facility today to improve GO Bus service in Durham
The $52 million facility will centralize service and reduce operating
costs by eliminating the need for Durham Region buses to travel to
Steeprock or Streetsville for storage and maintenance.
"Durham Region and the City of Oshawa have been experiencing significant
commuter ridership growth, and GO Transit is committed to doing its
part to provide more frequent and flexible transit options," said Paul
Finnerty, Metrolinx Vice President of GO Operations. "This new facility
will help provide more reliable service to existing customers and
encourage more people to choose GO services."
"This is great news for commuters in Durham," said Joe Dickson, MPP for
Ajax-Pickering. "The new 160,000 square foot bus services facility will
allow GO Transit to store and maintain up to 68 buses. This means
better, faster and more reliable GO Bus service for local families."
Targeted for LEED gold certification, the facility also includes many
eco-friendly features, including a green roof, solar panels to help
power the building, and a rain water harvesting system to irrigate the
The site of the facility also has great historical significance as a
former allied training camp for spies during World War II, called Camp
X. Famous Camp X trainees include Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming.
The new facility enables GO to make service enhancements which further
Metrolinx's regional transportation plan, The Big Move, making GO a faster, more frequent and more convenient transit option.
GO Transit is Metrolinx's regional public transit system linking the
Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. GO carries about 62 million
passengers a year in an extensive network of train and bus services
that spans more than 11,000 square kilometres. Metrolinx is an agency
of the Ontario Government. For more information on GO services, visit gotransit.com or follow GO on Twitter and Facebook.
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OSHAWA BUS SERVICES FACILITY
The Oshawa bus services facility was built to meet increasing demand and
to centralize GO Transit service in Durham Region and the surrounding
areas, where significant growth is expected.
The facility will improve GO Bus service and serve as a major node for
the buses operating within Durham Region. At more than 160,000 square
feet, this facility is one of GO Transit's largest full-service bus
centres and will accommodate the changing needs of customers.
storage capacity for 68 buses (56 indoors and 12 outdoors)
indoor fueling, bus wash and repair shop areas
employee facilities, including training centres and designated meeting
will accommodate approximately 185 employees
built on a historically significant site, known as Camp X, an allied
training camp for spies during World War II
Green and Innovative Initiatives
green roof and accompanying rain water irrigation system
high efficiency heating and lighting equipment
bus wash water recycling system to reduce water consumption
technology that produces heat during the course of producing electricity
The Oshawa building and site was designed and constructed to LEED
standards to reflect GO Transit's strong commitment to the environment
and well-being of its employees and neighbours. The project is on
target to achieve the LEED Gold certification from Canada Green
Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the Greater Toronto
and Hamilton Area with a transportation system that is modern,
efficient and integrated.
Find out more about The Big Move, Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA at www.metrolinx.com. Find out more about GO Transit at www.gotransit.com.
SOURCE: GO Transit
For further information:
Vanessa Thomas, Metrolinx