Oakville opens new transit facility

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 – for immediate release

Oakville opens new transit facility

Federal, provincial and municipal representatives celebrated the completion of Oakville’s new transit facility.

Built to LEED Silver standards, the new, fully accessible facility consolidates all of Oakville’s essential transit services under one roof. It houses the town’s entire fleet of 90 buses and is designed to accommodate a total fleet of 175, in keeping with Oakville’s commitment to expand service under several local and regional transit strategies.

“Efficient public transit contributes to cleaner, healthier communities,” said Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “This new facility will encourage transit growth in Oakville and the region and our government is proud to have played a part in its development.”

“Oakville’s bigger, better transit facility means improved services for families who ride our town’s buses every day,” said Kevin Flynn, Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville. “The Government of Ontario is proud to have contributed to this important project, which is helping us create a reliable, sustainable transit system in Oakville and South Central Ontario.”

“Council and I are proud that we have the financial strength to be equal partners with the provincial and federal governments in the infrastructure stimulus funding of this building,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Oakville residents told Council and me that they want a viable and sustainable transit system to reduce gridlock on our roads and improve air quality. Today, with the opening of this facility, we take a huge step forward to support our vision of a transit-first community that can become Canada’s most livable town.”

The governments of Canada and Ontario each committed $15 million toward the project. The Town of Oakville contributed the balance of the total project cost of $45 million. Federal funding for this project comes from the Government of Canada’s $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which is providing funding to over 4,100 infrastructure projects across the country. Over the last couple of months, Ontario had an increase of 38,000 jobs and the unemployment rate declined to 7.9 per cent.

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Mary Jo Milhomens
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville

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