East Gwillimbury centre will help improve service in York Region
EAST GWILLIMBURY, Ontario—GO has completed construction of a bus storage and maintenance facility in East Gwillimbury. The new facility makes it easier for GO Transit to meet increasing demand for GO bus service in York Region.
The new facility includes indoor bus storage for up to 36 buses; indoor service bays for fuelling, bus wash, inspection, cleaning and running repairs; building service support areas including equipment and storage rooms; and staff facilities and parking. Being closer to Highway 404, the new facility will also be better positioned to supply more express service.
The facility aims to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Silver certification through the use of energy efficient systems, such as recycling water from the bus wash, LED lighting fixtures, and other green initiatives. It will also feature an on-site fuelling station that will result in less travelling for buses not in service, saving money, time and reducing gas emissions.
The total cost of the project is $20 million. The Governments of Canada and Ontario have each contributed up to $9.5 million, through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a $500-million joint investment announced by the federal and provincial governments to support the expansion of GO bus and rail services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, the Niagara Region and the Waterloo Region. The Government of Ontario through Metrolinx contributed the remaining amount. The GO Transit Improvement Program is funded through the Government of Canada’s Building Canada Fund.