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Ontario Improving Transit for Commuters in Kitchener-Waterloo

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Ontario Improving Transit for Commuters in Kitchener-Waterloo

Province Building New Kitchener GO Bus Facility to Support Future Growth

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is building a new GO bus storage and maintenance facility in Kitchener that will improve transit service for commuters in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, and help meet current and future growth.

Diaene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation and MPP for Kitchener Centre, was at the site of the new facility today to mark the start of construction.

The new facility will accommodate up to 20 single and double-decker GO buses, and will replace the current leased bus storage space. It will help improve GO operations and reliability, enhancing service for commuters in the Kitchener-Waterloo region. The new facility will be located along the Kitchener rail corridor, which was identified in June for GO service expansion.

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 hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit. Since 2015, the province has announced support for more than 475 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life. To learn more about infrastructure projects in your community, go to Ontario.ca/BuildON.

Investing in transit infrastructure is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The new GO bus storage and service facility will improve overall operational GO Transit effectiveness. This will help to provide more reliable and efficient bus service, and is expected to reduce costs associated with current refueling methods.
  • The facility is expected to be open by spring 2018.
  • The facility will be at located at 200 Shirley Ave., adjacent to the new Kitchener GO train layover facility.
  • In August, Ontario announced the widening and expanding Shirley Ave. to ease congestion, shorten commute times and help create or sustain jobs.
  • Since 2013, Ontario and Metrolinx have built three new GO stations, renovated 10 existing GO stations, and added a total of 6,000 new GO station parking spots. They have also purchased 220 new GO buses, 69 new GO train coaches, and 10 new GO train locomotives.

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Daiene Vernile

“This is terrific news for the people of Kitchener and surrounding areas. Commuters will benefit because they will have better GO options to help them get to work, school and appointments.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP for Kitchener-Centre

“The addition of an expanded GO bus facility in Kitchener will help us provide improved and expanded service for new transit users in Kitchener-Waterloo and will improve the reliability of service for our existing customers.”

Mary Proc

Vice President of Customer Service, Metrolinx

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