UPDATED: $28 million in transit funding coming for new buses, maintenance facility in Fraser Valley

Abbotsford first to benefit from new federal fund

MP Jati Sidhu (at the podium) and other politicians announced $28 million in funding for a new transit facility in Abbotsford Monday morning.




Abbotsford is getting a new $28 million transit depot and maintenance facility.

MP Jati Sidhu, the Liberal representative for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon, made the announcement on behalf of his government on Monday morning.

This announcement is part of the first phase of the federal government’s Public Transit Infrastructure fund.

Abbotsford is the first community to benefit from such a partnership between a provincial government and the federal Liberal government.

“I was pleasantly pleased to have this announcement. I thought this might be a little further down the pike,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.

“Abbotsford likes to be first,” he said.

The facility will support buses fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG).

According to Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure spokesperson Kate Mukasa, there are currently 38 buses in Abbotsford that could be replaced by CNG buses for $585,000 each – $85,000 more than diesel buses.

“CNG buses require lower operating costs, so the total life cycle of a CNG bus makes the cost comparable, if not cheaper,” said Mukasa, in an email.

“I was pleasantly pleased to have this announcement. I thought this might be a little further down the pike,” said Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.

The City of Abbotsford’s official community plan calls for a more densely populated core and in order for that plan to be successful, more transit is needed, said Braun.

“This is a major contribution towards achieving the strategic vision of the official community plan,” he said. “This is huge for us.”

The new buses may also have security cameras and wireless Internet.

The exact location of the facility has not been announced but BC Transit and the city are now looking for a site, said Mukasa.

Just Posted

Abbotsford police cruiser t-bones civilian vehicle en route to emergency call

South Fraser Way and Gladwin blocked off as police conduct investigation

Police seek owners of recovered items in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police Department posts property on social media

Family of former nurse donates hospital freezer in her memory

Donation made to store breast milk for babies at Abbotsford Regional Hospital

Trail-cam thief unaware of being on camera

Anyone recognizing the thief urged to contact Abbotsford Police Department

VIDEO: B.C. Mountie killed by drunk driver honoured by memorial playground

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. VIEWS: Pipelines set to roll as federal politicians posture

Projects to drive B.C., Canadian economy in years ahead

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Most Read