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Construction on new $104M bus maintenance facility in Waterloo set to start early next month

Regional councillors voted in favour of a new bus maintenance facility to be built in Waterloo. Construction, expected to cost $104 million, is expected to begin next month.
The region is moving ahead with building a bus maintenance facility in Waterloo. Construction on the long-planned investment is set to begin early next month. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)

The construction of a new $104 million bus maintenance facility in Waterloo is set to begin as early as March 2.

Regional councillors approved a tender by Magil Construction Ontario out of London for the new facility on Northfield Drive.

The facility has received funding from the provincial and federal governments.

The 28,335 square metre (305,000 square foot) building will be able to store 200 buses and will include 10 regular bus repair bays, one tire bay, two service lanes, two bus wash stations and one dedicated cleaning lane.

The building will also include office space, loading docks and parts storage, as well as two generators, fuel and fluid storage tanks, underground rainwater capture tanks and outdoor parking for 291 vehicles.

The region wants to move towards an electric bus fleet, and the new facility has the capacity for a pilot program, a staff report presented to council Wednesday night said. It would allow for the "ability to phase in expansion of electric buses to the entire facility. Expansion would require the addition of electrical charging infrastructure to be integrated into the existing design."

Construction is expected to take two years.

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