Governments of Canada and Ontario, and the City of Toronto invest in 1,738 new and revitalized buses in Toronto, improve public transit for commuters
New buses will result in shorter wait times, more reliable service and increased accessibility
Toronto, Ontario, April 23, 2018—Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and appointments on time and back home safely at the end of a long day.
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation; His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto; and Councillor Josh Colle, Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission, today announced the purchase of 1,043 new buses and the revitalization of 695 current buses as part of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) Bus Purchase and Bus Rebuild project.
The total investment is $934 million with the Government of Canada providing more than $442 million through the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund while the City of Toronto is providing the remaining costs of $492 million.
The project will ensure that the TTC’s bus fleet remains in a state of good repair and is able to meet Toronto’s future ridership demands. Not only will this project mean that people will be able to get around the City faster and more easily, but it will also help to improve operational efficiency, accessibility and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Also announced today was joint funding of over $20 million for 15 new public transit projects across Ontario. These projects include cycling infrastructure improvements, new active transportation routes, and the purchase of new buses.
These investments are part of an agreement between Canada and Ontario for the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund.
“We are proud to support one of the largest bus purchase and rebuild projects in the City of Toronto’s history. As a former bus driver, I know how important it is for people to have safe, accessible, reliable buses to get to and from school, work and appointments. This bus purchase will mean better transit for people in Toronto and it is part of the government’s commitment to improve infrastructure across Canada.”
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“This is a great day for commuters and families in Toronto who rely on public transit to get around our city. We’re committed to working with municipalities and the federal government to invest in public transit, to reduce congestion, enhance service and improve the environment.”
The Honourable Kathryn McGarry, Ontario Minister of Transportation
“Every day, the lives and livelihoods of Toronto residents depend on being able to move around our city quickly, safely and reliably. Maintaining our existing bus fleet and adding more buses on our roads will bring transit into every neighbourhood of our city. There is no area where collaboration and cooperation is more essential than in keeping our residents moving. Together, we will make Toronto’s transit system faster, stronger, safer and more accessible to everyone in every part of our city.”
His Worship John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto
“It is great to see that all levels of government are committed to supporting the TTC's efforts to modernize our transit system by making the investments that will allow us to upgrade our bus fleet. This funding will mean a more comfortable and reliable experience for our customers while at the same time encouraging new ridership and offering more service on our busiest routes."
Councillor Josh Colle, Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission
The Bus Purchase component of this project involves the purchase of 729 clean diesel buses, 254 second generation hybrid electric buses, and 60 battery electric buses.
The Bus Rebuild component of this project involves rebuilding 695 total buses in the current TTC fleet.
The Government of Canada is also investing more than $10 million for 15 other public transit projects in four communities across Ontario.
The Government of Canada will invest more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and Canada’s rural and northern communities.
Since 2003, the Government of Ontario has committed more than $4.9 billion to the City of Toronto to help improve and expand its transit system.
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Ontario Ministry of Transportation
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Strategic Communications, City of Toronto
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