A new public transit maintenance and storage facility is being planned for the city of Brampton's bus fleet and will be funded by all three levels of government. The new facility is targeted for construction in two phases starting in 2022, with Phase 1 opening estimated for late 2024.
The Star reported that a funding request was submitted for Phase 1 of the facility, through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream within the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan. The joint funding total for this project comes to $174.4 million.
The joint funding will consist of the following:
- $69.6 million from the federal government
- $58.2 million from the provincial government
- $46.6 million from Brampton
"The City of Brampton welcomes the Government of Canada's and the Government of Ontario's $128 million investment towards the third Brampton Transit facility. It is partnerships like these and support from all levels of government that help Brampton Transit positively impact the lives of our community and continue to offer a reliable service."
Statement from the City of Brampton
Phase 1 of the project will include:
- Construction of a 400,000 square foot transit maintenance and storage facility
- 36 maintenance bays
- 40 overhead garage doors to accommodate up to 250 standard 40 foot equivalent buses
- Administrative and maintenance support space
- Installing fixed and mobile hoists
- Vehicle inspection pit
- Overhead crane
- Fuel storage and dispensing systems
- Vehicle location and radio system
- Backup electricity generation
"Investments in infrastructure during this extraordinary time provides an opportunity to create jobs, stimulate economic growth and to make our community more inclusive and resilient. This investment will create Brampton's largest transit maintenance and storage facility - creating well-paying jobs and creating future opportunities for green and low-carbon transit systems."
Member of Parliament of North Brampton | Ruby Sahota
News Ontario states that the construction of this new facility will not only improve the capacity, quality, and safety of public transit infrastructure for the City of Brampton, but it will allow for the future installation of infrastructure to service electric buses, creating cleaner and more efficient transportation methods for residents.
- Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
- $28.7 billion of this funding is supporting public transit projects.
- Across Ontario, the Government of Canada has invested more than $8.3 billion in over 2,880 infrastructure projects.
- Ontario is investing over $10.2 billion under the investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to improve public transit; community, culture and recreation; green, and rural and northern community and other priority infrastructure.
Posted by Judy Lamelza