For Immediate Release - August 21, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON - Today the city marked the start of construction to expand the Burlington Transit Operations Centre at 3332 Harvester Rd. with a ground breaking ceremony. The expansion of the operations centre is part of a transit operations centre revitalization project that aims to renovate and expand the existing 42,860 square feet to 70,822 square feet (3,982 square metres to 6,580 square metres).
"This project demonstrates both governments' commitment to stimulating the Ontario economy through the creation of jobs in our community. Residents of Burlington will benefit from the upgrades to the Burlington Transit Operations Centre," said Mike Wallace, Member of Parliament.
The revitalization project will see the city renovating the existing vehicle maintenance area and refurbishing and replacing the vehicle wash bay. This phase of the project will also see the expansion of the operations centre's indoor vehicle storage capacity from 52 to 81 vehicles when the project is complete.
"The expansion of the Burlington Transit Operations Centre will allow the city to continue to maintain and improve public transportation opportunities throughout the city," said Mayor Cam Jackson. "This project is another example of the city working with our federal and provincial government partners to bring infrastructure developments to Burlington.”
The project will include the complete renovation of the existing administrative office and the addition of a second floor. When completed, it is the city's goal to have the Burlington Transit Operations Centre receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification. The entire project is expected to be completed by Spring 2011.
Funding for this $8.6 million project was made possible through the Federal Infrastructure Stimulus Program. Through this program the federal, provincial and municipal government all contribute one third of the funding. The one third municipal contribution is nearly $2.9 million. For more information on the Burlington Transit Operations Centre revitalization project, please visit the city's website at www.burlington.ca.
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