New GO Bus Facility Opens In Hamilton
Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario, along with Metrolinx, celebrated the opening of a new GO Transit bus service and storage facility in Hamilton to accommodate future transit service growth in the region.
The new facility is strategically positioned to provide easy access to the highway network on which GO Transit operates and will make it easier for GO to provide timely, reliable and efficient transit service in the region.
The facility includes:
- indoor bus storage for up to 40 buses
- indoor service bays for fuelling, bus wash, inspection, cleaning and repairs
- equipment and storage rooms
- staff facilities and parking
The $24-million facility was funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a joint investment by the federal and provincial governments to support the expansion of GO Transit bus and rail services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Waterloo Region. Canada and Ontario each contributed $9.75 million, with the remainder funded by the Ontario government through Metrolinx.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
- The new facility is over 70,000 square feet, can store up to 40 buses indoors including double deckers, and supports 99 jobs.
- The bus service and storage facility achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification through the use of innovative and energy efficient systems, such as recycling water from the bus wash, providing energy efficient heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) and LED lighting systems, and featuring a white roof, which reflects the sun and saves energy.
- The facility features an on-site fuelling station that will result in less travelling for buses not in service, saving money and time, and reducing gas emissions.
- Since 2003, Ontario has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations, and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system.
- Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.
“Investing in public transit is a major element of our plan to build strong, inclusive and sustainable communities across the country. It's about social mobility and access to opportunities, while supporting our environmental commitments. This new facility will enhance GO Transit service for commuters and families, while reducing congestion and improving air quality across the region.”
“The new Hamilton GO Transit bus service and storage facility will help to support GO Transit’s planned bus service expansion across the regional network, which will deliver additional travel options to commuters. Investing in transit is part of the government’s plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs.”
“This new facility will give us more space to store and maintain more of our buses, which will in turn help us provide even more dependable and timely service for our customers.”