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  • November 07, 2016

Province celebrates the 1000th Public Transit Bus!

News                                                                                                                 November 7, 2016


Ontario is improving transit for commuters, making it easier and faster for them to reach their destination as Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) delivers the 1000th bus purchased through its joint procurement bus supply contracts.


This partnership with participating transit agencies from across the province reduces costs
to municipalities by helping them stretch their funding, including Provincial Gas Tax funding, to deliver more transit services to riders. More new, accessible buses in more municipalities make taking public transit more convenient and reliable. Under the innovative Transit Procurement Initiative, Hamilton Region has benefited with 176 new buses that serve commuters in the our Region. More new, accessible buses make taking public transit more convenient.


Investing in public transit is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


“This is welcome news for transit riders in the Hamilton Region.This innovative partnership, enables us to provide improved transit that will help people better access jobs, family, friends and community services.”
— Ted McMeekin MPP, Ancaster Dundas Flamborough Westdale


“This is an important milestone and supports my long held belief that strong transit systems are critical to growing communities. Continued investment in transit by our Provincial Partners  highlights sustainable and accessible public transportation is not only good for the environment, but addresses the needs of our City.”

-  Mayor Fred Eisenberger



“Ontario continues to focus investments in much-needed public transit across the province. Under Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative, we are able to provide transit riders with more travel options, getting people to their destination sooner. This is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”

— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation

 “Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) has become one of North America’s most innovative transit procurement programs, and has saved Ontario taxpayers an estimated $16 million since the program began. To date, Metrolinx has completed 14 joint bus procurements with 26 participating transit agencies from across Ontario.”
-- Bruce McCuaig, President & CEO, Metrolinx



  • Municipalities participating in TPI are: Barrie, Belleville, Burlington, Cobourg, Collingwood, Cornwall, Durham Region, Elliott Lake, Hamilton, Kenora, Kingston, London, Milton, North Bay, Oakville, Orillia, Quinte West, Sarnia, St. Catharines, St. Thomas, Thunder Bay (including HAGI Transit), Welland, Windsor (including Windsor Handi Transit), and York Region.
  • Bus types include:  Eight-metre low and high floor specialized buses, nine-metre transit buses, 12- and 18-metre conventional transit buses.
  • TPI is a Metrolinx program that helps small and medium-sized Ontario municipalities save money by reducing unit costs through higher volume purchases and performance-based specifications, and avoiding duplicate costs while improving product quality.
  • Overall, savings to Ontario taxpayers under TPI amount to an estimated $16 million in purchasing and administrative costs as of March 31, 2016.





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Andrea Ernesaks, Minister’s Office,

Bob Nichols, Communications, 416-327-1158

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