Colltrans getting a $3.4m upgrade thanks to federal, provincial funds

Money going towards eight new buses, refurbishing six others

The Town of Collingwood’s transit service could look like it is brand new in the not-too-distant future, thanks to some funding from both Ottawa and Queen’s Park.

The town’s Transit Fleet Renewal and Replacement Initiative has received $3.4 million in funding from both the Federal and Provincial governments, with funding to go towards updating and enhancing the current Colltrans fleet. Over the next seven years, the town will purchase eight new buses and refurbish six with the funding.

“This funding will contribute significantly to the Town’s goal to improve the efficiency and reliability of Public Transit in Collingwood while keeping the delivery of this important service affordable for all residents,” says Public Works Director Peggy Slama.

Delivery of the first of the new transit buses is anticipated for early 2021 and it is one of two buses that will support the expansion of the service area during the 2021 to 2024 phase of this project.

The feds contributed $1,890,600 to the initiative, the province put down $1,575,342.