Three-way Partnership Breaks Ground on New Oakville Public Transit Facility

Oakville – February 12, 2010

Terence Young, Member of Parliament for Oakville; Kevin Flynn, Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville; and Rob Burton, Mayor of the Town of Oakville, today celebrated the groundbreaking for a new public transit facility in Oakville.

The new Oakville Transit facility, located at 430 Wyecroft Road, will accommodate all essential transit functions including administration, operations and maintenance. The facility will house 175 buses with the ability to accommodate more buses at full capacity. The town is working towards obtaining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for the building.

“This transit facility is great news for Oakville. It will create jobs and support a greener, more efficient mode of transportation that will benefit all those who live work and play in Oakville,” said MP Young. “We recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of our Economic Action Plan to ensure that Canada emerges strong from this period of economic recovery. As we enter its second phase, our government is focussed on implementing the remaining stimulus projects, while at the same time, looking ahead to restoring balanced budgets.”

“The McGuinty government is proud to invest in essential infrastructure projects in communities across Ontario,” said MPP Flynn. “An investment in public transit is good for the economy, the environment and everybody’s quality of life.”

“A good transit system is essential for a livable and environmentally responsible community,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “This new transit centre provides room for the town to double its fleet over the next twenty years supporting the growing transportation needs of our community. “

The governments of Canada and Ontario have each committed up to $15 million toward the construction of this transit facility. The Town of Oakville will contribute the balance of the total eligible costs of up to $45 million.

Federal financial support for this project is being provided through the $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund, which provides funding to provincial, territorial, municipal and community infrastructure projects that can be completed by March 31, 2011. The contribution from the government of Ontario will be from the two-year $32.5 billion infrastructure commitment laid out in the 2009 Ontario Budget – Confronting the Challenge: Building Our Economic Future.

These projects are among more than 2,400 moving forward throughout Ontario thanks to a total joint federal and provincial investment of more than $3.3 billion in infrastructure stimulus funding.

During these challenging economic times, the governments of Canada and Ontario have taken steps to stimulate local economies and create jobs across the province.

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Office of MP Terence Young, 905-338-2008
Steven Ball, Legislative Assistant to MPP Kevin Flynn, 416-325-7215
Mark De Paoli, Office of Mayor Burton, 905-845-6601, ext. 3445

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Three-way Partnership Breaks Ground on New Oakville Public Transit Facility