With a price tag of $8 million for upgrades to the current city bus yard and design process for a new facility, Kelowna council is supporting BC Transit’s drive for funding grants for the projects.
Staff told council at a recent meeting that the current Hardy Road facility needs $ 4 million in refurbishments, as well as upgrades to support the deployment of electric buses.
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The facility was built 1998 and was designed to support 70 buses. It currently houses a fleet of 109 vehicles. It is owned by the city and leased to BC Transit.
It is necessary to extend the yard until a new facility planned for Hollywood Road is ready. Planning and design for that project is estimated to cost $4 million.
Council has directed staff to provide letters of support for BC Transit’s funding application to the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.