Oakville to receive funding for new and and more modernized buses

Published July 29, 2020 at 3:03 pm

Oakville will be receiving funding from both the federal and provincial governments to help it modernize its bus fleet. 

Oakville will be receiving funding from both the federal and provincial governments to help it modernize its bus fleet. 

On July 29, Mayor Rob Burton and a number of MPs and MPPs announced funding for 14 transit projects in the town.

According to the province, projects include the replacement of 57 diesel buses over the next six years with zero-emission battery-electric buses, plus 16 new electric buses to expand the fleet. 

In addition, 32 charging stations will be installed to support battery charging for the electric buses. 

The province says the investments will lower Oakville Transit’s operation and maintenance costs, and reduce the fleet’s impact on the environment.

The province also announced that Wi-Fi will be installed on 107 conventional and 20 para-transit buses. Riders will also be able to track their bus location and arrival times with a new internet and smartphone application, while a new real-time trip management mobile app will also be available for para-transit users. 

The province also says that approximately 249 bus stops in Oakville will be upgraded to ensure full accessibility for riders, with landing pads, walkways, ramps, and curbs. 

The federal government is investing over $26.5 million in these projects through the Public Transit Infrastructure Stream (PTIS) of the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The province is contributing more than $22.1 million, while the Town of Oakville is contributing over $17.6 million.

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