OSHAWA, ONT. — Provincial representatives were on-hand recently to officially open Durham Region Transit’s new Raleigh Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility.
The state-of-the-art, 5,770-square-metre maintenance facility replaces the original maintenance area built in 1964 and has space to maintain and service 85 buses, states a release issued by the province.
The new facility is entirely funded by the province at a total cost of $26 million and is on track to attain LEED Silver certification.
The Raleigh Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility is part of the Durham Highway 2 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, which also includes road improvements to a 31-kilometre route between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, with stops in Whitby, Ajax, and Pickering. The facility will provide maintenance and service support to the BRT project.
As part of the Quick Wins program announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget, the province committed $82.3 million to the Region of Durham to support this project.
In 2016, the province also committed $10 million to move forward on the planning, design and engineering work for the proposed BRT route between Oshawa and Scarborough.
BRT service along Regional Highway 2 was launched in 2013, with a fleet of 26 new buses.
"The Durham Highway 2 BRT makes a huge difference in the daily lives of people in Durham Region and this facility will help ensure the reliable and convenient service people depend on," said Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, in a statement.