Canada and Ontario invest in public transit infrastructure for residents of Brampton
BRAMPTON, ON, April 15, 2021 – The safety and well-being of Canadians are top priorities of the governments of Canada and Ontario. Investments in Ontario’s infrastructure during this extraordinary time provide an opportunity to create jobs, stimulate economic growth, and to make our communities more inclusive and resilient.
That is why, together, these governments are taking decisive action to help families, businesses and communities as they adapt to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ontarians need safe and reliable public transit to get to work and home, to appointments, to shop for essentials, and to conduct business. Strategic investments in public transportation infrastructure play a key role in delivering this service.
Today, Maninder Sidhu, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Development and Member of Parliament for Brampton East, on behalf of The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Amarjot Sandhu, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brampton West on behalf of The Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and His Worship Patrick Brown, Mayor of the City of Brampton, announced joint funding for the construction of a new public transit maintenance and storage facility for the City’s bus fleet.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $69.9 million in this project through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada plan. The Government of Ontario is providing $58.2 million, and the City of Brampton is contributing more than $46.6 million.
Phase 1 of the project includes the construction of approximately 400,000 square foot transit maintenance and storage facility with up to 36 maintenance bays and approximately 40 overhead garage doors to accommodate up to 250 standard 40 foot equivalent buses, in addition to administrative and maintenance support space. Work also includes installing fixed and mobile hoists, a vehicle inspection pit, an overhead crane, fuel storage and dispensing systems, a vehicle location and radio system, and backup electricity generation.
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.
All orders of government continue to work together for the people of Ontario to make strategic infrastructure investments in communities across the province when needed most.