New GO buses will be assembled in GTA

GO Transit will be receiving 253 new low-floor, high-capacity double-deck buses from Scottish bus maker Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL). Under the terms of the agreement between Metrolinx and ADL, a bus chassis assembly plant will be built in the GTA. This is expected to create up to thirty full-time jobs. Construction on the plant will begin in 2015. The first buses, which will be fully accessible, will be delivered the following year. Metrolinx has an option to purchase up to 150 additional buses over the five-year contract.

The lower height of the new buses is intended to improve service on GO Transit’s bus routes. Older double-decker buses currently in service cannot access all of the existing GO Transit terminals. As the new buses come on line, that problem of restricted accessibility will be eliminated. The lower floor and a longer, more gradual entrance ramp will also improve boarding and exiting for passengers. The buses will also have a wider area to accommodate wheel chairs, Metrolinx says. As well, there will be 120V charging outlets available for motorized wheelchairs.

ADL-Enviro500-double-deck-bus-Metrolinx-GOTransit-accessibility-EDIWeekly
The Enviro500 double-deck bus is the flagship of Alexander Dennis Limited, the Scotland-based bus maker that will supply 253 new buses to GO Transit over the next five years. The Enviro500 was introduced two years ago with lower height, greater fuel efficiency and greater passenger capacity.

ADL is a leading bus manufacturer in the UK, with facilities in the UK, in Asia, and in North America. There are already 125 ADL buses in service in the Toronto area GO Transit service.

Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig said, “These buses represent the future of our bus fleet and set a new standard for the service we provide. Their lower floors will allow customers with limited mobility to board with ease, and their lower height will allow us to bring double-decker service to all of our routes.”

Ontario’s minister of transportation, Steven Del Luca, noted that the new bus agreement would bring jobs to Ontario as well as improving service for bus passengers.

ADL buses are in use in several cities throughout North America.

Did you miss this?

Other Popular Stories

  • Once more to the moon — NASA may use a commercial rocket to speed up the EM-1 moon mission planned for June 2020
  • Jobs that are at risk of automation — and jobs that are not
  • What's old is new again: Airship innovation, the Lighter-Than-Air aircraft
  • Armoured vehicles an important niche in Ontario's auto industry
  • Aerospace industry trade war? $2 billion at stake as Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister reviews Boeing sole sourcing
  • Wave energy farm in Scotland to use Oysters
  • Google's self-driving cars revealed to media for first time
  • SpaceX and ULA Score Major Air Force Contracts
  • High-level support continues for Keystone XL
  • BC refinery close to financing deal
  • Gardening in Space a Challenge for NASA
  • Ford announces Edge production will remain in Oakville
  • Singapore scientists invent bendable concrete for low-maintenance roads
  • Fiat Chrysler denies wrongdoing as EPA accuses it of emissions cheating
  • Vehicle sales, mainly light trucks, continued to soar in January
  • Calgary company a leader in waterless fracking
  • Safer tank cars coming as railways ship more oil than ever
  • Five defence industry technologies — right out of science fiction — that are real today
  • Canada keeping up pressure on US for Keystone XL approval
  • Progress made on Detroit River cleanup: fish no longer smells
Scroll to Top