Governments of Canada, Ontario commit funds to Milton transit operations facility

Nov. 13, 2020
The facility, which will be constructed using sustainable methods, will improve the storage and servicing needs of Milton’s public transit fleet.

Milton, Ontario, received a C$3.9-million (US$2.96-million) financial commitment from the federal government that will aid in the construction of a C$39-million (US$29.64-million) Transit Operations Facility.  

The town says the funding commitment is the first step toward delivering the project that will improve the storage and servicing needs of Milton’s public transit fleet, including 70 conventional and specialized vehicles, as well as provide extra space for servicing and maintenance.

"As the fastest growing municipality in Ontario, transit is essential to our economic and community wellbeing, now and in the future,” explained Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz. “This new facility will enable Milton to deliver a sustainable transit service to meet our future needs as a community."

The development of the new facility is a multi-year project that includes site acquisition, facility design and construction. Sustainable design practices, such as the use of LEED criteria, will be used to construct the facility and the result will increase passenger safety, encourage greener forms of transportation and provide residents with a better and more reliable transit system.

“The construction of the new transit operations facility will increase passenger safety, encourage greener forms of transportation and provide residents with a better and more reliable transit system,” said Tony D’Alessandro, manager, Milton Transit. “We look forward to building on our commitment to create a complete community in Milton.”

The federal funds will come through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream of the Investing in Canada plan and the province has also committed more than C$3.2 million (US$2.43 million) to the new facility project.

"Our investments in modernizing public transit give Canadians better options for getting around in more sustainable and affordable ways,” said Canada Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna. “The new Transit Operations Facility will transform public transit in Milton by increasing service reliability and safety through improved maintenance.”

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Mischa Wanek-Libman | Group Editorial Director

Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.