EDMONTON, ALTA. – The first buses have departed from the new Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage in northeast Edmonton.
The new garage replaces the aging Westwood Transit Garage using ten acres of vacant land and accommodates approximately 275 conventional buses with infrastructure in place to support 30 to 40 of Edmonton Transit Service’s (ETS) new electric buses.
“This is an exciting milestone for Edmonton, as we prepare for a future of two million people. This new garage is full of innovative and environmentally sustainable features that make it one of North America’s leading transit facilities. I couldn’t be more proud,” ETS branch manager Eddie Robar said.
The LEED Silver garage is lit with efficient LEDs and the bus wash uses rainwater collected from the roof and stored in a 1.5 million litre cistern and then combined with city water.
“This new garage is about so much more than just housing buses. Its innovative and environmental features put it at the top of its class, and we’re proud to deliver this incredible facility to Edmontonians,” acting branch manager of infrastructure delivery Jesse Banford said.
The garage sits on the former Canada Packers site and that structure’s smokestack was refurbished as part of historical restoration efforts along with park space and an art installation on the garage’s roof.
The new structure is named after Kathleen Andrews, the first woman to work as a transit operator in Edmonton in 1975. Construction began in summer 2016 and was completed on schedule and on budget in late 2019.