Brampton: Joint funding by all three levels of government will create Brampton’s third and largest 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 over $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.
Ms. Ruby Sahota, Member of Parliament for Brampton North said: “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,” said MP Sahota.
“This investment will create well-paying jobs and future opportunities for green and low-carbon transit system.”
Brampton Transit is currently one of the fastest-growing transit systems in Canada, providing service on 72 routes using 438 buses operating out of two major facilities.
In 2018, the system provided 31.2 million trips within the city and to adjacent municipalities in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area. Since 2009, ridership on Brampton Transit has tripled, and over the past 5 years, ridership has grown by 62%, despite an increase of only 12% in population.
The City plans to expand the fleet from 438 to 513 buses by 2022, and as a result, additional garage infrastructure will be required. Brampton Transit has identified a parcel of land at Highway 50 and Cadetta Road that is suitable for a new facility.
The City already owns part of the parcel of land and is in the process of acquiring an additional parcel adjacent to the existing City owned land. To facilitate the building of a new facility, an Environmental Assessment in accordance with Ontario’s Transit Project Assessment Process (TPAP) is required.