Construction Begins on New Bus Maintenance Facility in Oshawa
Province Supports Durham Region Transit
Today Ontario, along with Metrolinx and the Regional Municipality of Durham, announced the start of construction for the new Raleigh Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility that will support improved public transit in Durham Region.
Once completed in the summer 2017, the new 5,770 square metre maintenance facility will be state-of-the-art and designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver specifications. The building will be able to maintain approximately 85 buses and will include a Transit Control Centre that will serve as the focal point of communications for Durham Region Transit operations.
The new facility is part of the Durham Highway 2 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which represents an investment of more than $82 million from Ontario. In total, the Durham Highway 2 BRT is being built along 31 kilometres of Highway 2.
Ontario is making the largest infrastructure investment in the province's history -- more than $130 billion over 10 years, which is making 110,000 jobs possible every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. Between April and September, the province announced support for more than 200 projects that will keep people and goods moving, strengthen the economy, connect communities and improve quality of life. The Durham BRT project builds on that progress.
Investing in transit is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The total cost of the new facility project is approximately $31 million, with a provincial contribution of more than $26 million.
- BRT service along Regional Highway 2 was launched in 2013, with a fleet of 26 new, accessible, clean diesel, distinctively branded buses.
- Ontario’s population is expected to grow by approximately 40 per cent by 2041, placing additional importance on having modern infrastructure to support a growing population.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
- The project is part of Metrolinx’s Regional Transportation Plan, a 25-year plan for an integrated and sustainable transit and transportation system in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.
“Ontario is pleased to announce that construction is now underway on the new Raleigh Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility that will support improved transit for residents of Durham Region. We are continuing to move forward with large transit investments to get the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) moving. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families”
“This is great news for commuters in Durham Region. It’s projects like this one that deliver convenience and reliability to those that take transit. The Ontario government is committed to building up our transportation infrastructure to improve our quality of life and drive economic growth in our region.”
“Metrolinx supports improved transit across the GTHA. This new facility, along with this broader Highway 2 BRT project, is an important addition to the transit network in Durham Region.”
“In order to grow ridership in the Region, we need to ensure that residents have access to safe and reliable public transportation. On any given weekday, more than 75 buses will pass through the building to receive service. This facility will help the Region’s more than 10 million annual transit users get where they need to go.”