By Sarah Klein
Winnipeg Transit opened a new parking and service garage on Brandon Avenue Thursday, boosting the space to house the city’s growing bus fleet.
The 135,000-square-foot facility will allow the city to expand its bus fleet to meet increasing passenger demands and increase transit efficiency. The new garage has the capacity to park up to 153 forty-foot buses and was built to LEED Silver standard.
Officials from all three levels of government were on hand for the opening ceremony. The federal government provided $17 million towards the project, with the province contributing $3 million and the City of Winnipeg $2.6 million. The project also came in $350,000 under budget.
“Our growing city needs a modern, efficient public transit system to connect families with opportunities across Winnipeg well into the future. That’s why we are investing in facilities that allow Winnipeg Transit to expand its fleet, that’s why we are committed to Phase Two of Rapid Transit,” said Kevin Chief, the provincial minister responsible for relations with the City of Winnipeg.
The garage also includes a servicing lane, allowing buses to be easily cleaned and refuelled.