New GO Bus Facility Opens In Hamilton

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Today, the governments of Canada and Ontario, along with Metrolinx, celebrated the opening of a new GO Transit bus service and storage facility in Hamilton to accommodate future transit service growth in the region.

The new facility is strategically positioned to provide easy access to the highway network on which GO Transit operates and will make it easier for GO to provide timely, reliable and efficient transit service in the region.

The facility includes:

  • indoor bus storage for up to 40 buses
  • indoor service bays for fuelling, bus wash, inspection, cleaning and repairs
  • equipment and storage rooms
  • staff facilities and parking

The $24-million facility was funded by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the GO Transit Improvement Program, a joint investment by the federal and provincial governments to support the expansion of GO Transit bus and rail services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, Niagara Region and Waterloo Region. Canada and Ontario each contributed $9.75 million, with the remainder funded by the Ontario government through Metrolinx.

The new facility is over 70,000 square feet, can store up to 40 buses indoors including double deckers, and supports 99 jobs.

The facility features an on-site fuelling station that will result in less travelling for buses not in service, saving money and time, and reducing gas emissions.

Since 2003, Ontario has extended GO’s rail network by nearly 90 kilometres, opened 14 new GO stations, rebuilt four existing stations, and added more than 31,000 new parking spots across the system.

Research shows that every $100 million of public infrastructure investment in Ontario boosts GDP by $114 million, particularly in construction and manufacturing sectors.

Source: Ontario MTO