WATERLOO REGION, ONT. — Grand River Transit (GRT) recently marked the grand opening of the new Northfield Drive Maintenance Facility in Waterloo, Ont.
GRT has outgrown two other maintenance and storage facilities in Kitchener and Cambridge and the new facility will allow GRT to expand transit in the region.
The new 305,000-square-foot facility will have space for 200 buses and can house larger capacity, articulated buses. It also includes 22 maintenance bays, two service lanes, two bus wash stations and office space for GRT staff.
The building in Waterloo creates options for more efficient operations and maintenance as buses will not have to travel as far to and from the facility at the beginning and end of the day, indicates a release.
It will also eventually support the transition to a zero-emission bus fleet and will house the new electric buses and charging infrastructure pilot in 2023.
The facility also includes several green features, including bike storage, rainwater harvesting for the bus wash, a 6,750-square-foot green roof and LED lighting.
The building will go through a green building verification and review process to achieve LEED certification.
The Government of Canada contributed 40 per cent to the $118.8 million joint investment; the Government of Ontario 33 per cent; and the Region of Waterloo 27 per cent.