Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility
Transit Operations and Maintenance Facility for the Central Fraser Valley
Update June 19, 2018
BC Transit has now acquired the land on which it proposes to build the new transit operations and maintenance facility for the Central Fraser Valley Transit System. The site is located at 3008 and 3112 Gladys Avenue in Abbotsford. All of the site surveys, traffic studies and other assessments required for the project are complete and a design has been prepared.
BC Transit has submitted their application for re-zoning to the City of Abbotsford, along with their plans, seeking permits to commence construction of the project.
The new facility is expected to begin operating out of this new location by spring 2020 and will be home to the Central Fraser Valley fleet, including Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses. On-site fueling, an automated bus wash, maintenance bays, administrative offices and storage area will also be built.
A proposed site layout, building design and landscape plan can be viewed below:
BC Transit has been working with its partners, the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission, on a proposal to develop a new transit operations and maintenance facility on Gladys Avenue just south of Pratt Road in Abbotsford, B.C.
The existing transit operations and maintenance facility is located outside of Abbotsford at 1225 Riverside Road and cannot meet the growing needs of the community. It is constrained by limited space for bus storage and maintenance and it does not have compressed natural gas fueling capability or an automated bus wash facility. From 2005 to 2010, Central Fraser Valley transit’s annual ridership has grown by nearly a million passengers. However, there is now limited ability to expand transit service in part because this existing facility has reached its capacity.
The transit facility is designed for the storage and maintenance of approximately 100 buses (with the capacity to expand to 150 to meet future growth). In the new location, BC Transit will be better able to improve transit service for Central Fraser Valley transit users by locating closer to local routes and reducing operating costs. With CNG fueling, the new facility will also accommodate CNG buses which are quieter, cleaner burning and more cost efficient than diesel buses.
The $28.6 million project, exclusive of land, is part of the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund. Costs will be shared between the Government of Canada, the Province of BC, and the local governments of the City of Abbotsford and District of Mission.
BC Transit has filed a re-zoning application for one of the properties required for the project, which is located in Abbotsford at 3112 Gladys Avenue. Public consultation is part of the re-zoning process, and we welcome feedback. To date, this process has included an initial community outreach and a BC Transit led open house. A City of Abbotsford led public meeting and a public hearing with City of Abbotsford council will follow this summer. Questions or comments about the project can be directed to 1-250-995-5696 or email CFVproject@bctransit.com.