There is an option for Metrolinx to purchase an additional 150 buses over the five-year contract
TORONTO—Metrolinx has signed an agreement with Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) to purchase 253 fully accessible, low floor, double-decker buses.
Through the agreement, Scotland-based ADL will supply and deliver the 253 buses over the next five years and establish a bus chassis assembly facility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Construction of the chassis facility will begin in mid-2015 and the first order of buses is expected by 2016. There is an option for Metrolinx to purchase an additional 150 buses over the five-year contract, up to 30 per year.
The buses will support service growth throughout the region and ensure continued service reliability for GO Transit customers by replacing older vehicles at the end of their lifecycle, Metrolinx said. With a lower height, they will enable higher capacity service on all of GO Transit’s bus routes since they will be able to access four major terminals that cannot be served by existing double-decker buses due to height restrictions — Hamilton, Yorkdale, York Mills and the Union Station bus terminals.
“These buses represent the future of our bus fleet and set a new standard for the service we provide,” said Metrolinx president and CEO Bruce McCuaig. “Their lower floors will allow customers with limited mobility to board with ease, and their lower height will allow us to bring double-decker service to all of our routes.”