Ontario Unveils New Accessible Double-Decker GO Buses
July 15, 2016 12:30 P.M.
Today Ontario announced that Metrolinx will introduce new fully accessible, low-floor, low-height double-decker GO buses into service starting July 25.
The introduction of these new buses means that GO Transit will be able to access four major terminals that are not currently served by double-decker buses due to height restrictions -- Hamilton, Yorkdale, York Mills and the Union Station Bus Terminal. This will also enable more people to be served by double-decker buses as the new vehicles are entered into service over the next four years.
Metrolinx has ordered a total of 253 buses from Alexander Dennis Ltd., creating up to 30 new full-time jobs in Ontario. The buses are being partially built at a new facility in Vaughan that began operation earlier this year. Local workers are responsible for building the chassis, installing engines, axles and steering components, and conducting inspections.
Ontario is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province's history -- about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Expanding and improving GO Transit is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
" The new accessible, low-floor, low-height GO Transit double-decker buses will make it easier for customers with limited mobility to board, and make access to transit faster and more convenient. Our government is building a modern and integrated transit network in the region to seamlessly connect communities and businesses."
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
" In Ontario, accessible public transit is not just a priority, it is the law. These new double-decker buses will keep people moving and ensure that transportation is integrated and accessible to people of all abilities, now and into the future."
- Tracy MacCharles
Minister Responsible for Accessibility
" These new double-decker buses will help us get more people moving throughout the region. Their lower heights will allow us to access terminals that couldn’t previously be served by double-deckers, and their new accessibility features will make it easier for all our customers to use our service."
- Greg Percy
Chief Operating Officer, Metrolinx
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