EAST GWILLIMBURY, ON, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe, the Honourable Steven Del Duca, Ontario Minister of Transportation and Bruce McCuaig, President and CEO of Metrolinx, announced the completion of the new GO bus storage and maintenance facility in East Gwillimbury. The new facility makes it easier for GO Transit to meet increasing demand for GO bus service in York Region.
The new facility includes indoor bus storage for up to 36 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. Being closer to Highway 404, the new facility will also be better positioned to supply more express service. The facility aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Silver certification through the use of energy efficient systems, such as recycling water from the bus wash, LED lighting fixtures, 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 total cost of the project is $20 million.
- The Governments of Canada and Ontario have each contributed up to $9.5 million, through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a $500-million joint investment announced by the federal and provincial governments to support the expansion of GO bus and rail services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the Niagara Region and the Waterloo Region. The Government of Ontario through Metrolinx contributed the remaining amount.
- The GO Transit Improvement Program is funded through the Government of Canada's Building Canada Fund.
"Our Government is pleased to invest in this important project that supports efficient, environmentally-sustainable transportation. The new facility will streamline GO Transit operations and improve transit services for residents of East Gwillimbury and surrounding communities."
Peter Van Loan
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament for York–Simcoe
"The new East Gwillimbury GO facility is in line with the government's long-term transit and infrastructure plan, Moving Ontario Forward. This project is proof of our government's commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families."
Steven Del Duca
Ontario Minister of Transportation
"We are pleased to be able to meet the growing demand for more bus service in York Region with our new bus facility in East Gwillimbury. This is just one more example of how Metrolinx is transforming transit."
President and CEO of Metrolinx
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Vincent Rabault, Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, Ottawa, 613-943-1838; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055; Patrick Searle, Minister's Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, 416-327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications, Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto, 416-327-1158; Malon Edwards, Media Relations, Metrolinx, 416-575-9836