Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009 - (Page 11)

tors are then pumped out and the contents sent to a hazardous waste disposal site. The garage cost approximately $40-million to build, excluding the cost of the land, which was already owned by the city. Funding came from the federal gas tax. Giffels Design-Build did the design work. Saint John In New Brunswick, Saint John Transit is designing a new bus garage, which will include administrative space as well as bus maintenance facilities. The new building will be approximately 11,150 m2. It will house up to 100 buses, and is planned to be complete in June 2009. The new complex is designed to the LEED Silver standard. An independent energy modelling exercise established that the new complex will consume 45 per cent less power than a conventionally-designed garage. Rain water from the roof will be collected and stored in an underground cistern. This water will be treated and used to wash buses. An outside underground storm water storage system will slow the discharge into the city’s storm drainage system to prevent flooding. A passive solar hot air collector system is being installed on a south-facing wall to pre-heat air in winter months. This alone will reduce energy costs by approximately three per cent. The construction cost will be approximately $19.2-million. Funding is from the City of Saint John and the Government of Canada Public Transit Trust Fund. Vancouver TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company opened one of Canada’s largest bus garages in September 2006. The Vancouver Transit Centre (VTC) encompasses 19,045 m2, and is designed to handle up to 400 electric trolley and diesel buses. The new facility replaced an older, smaller, garage that was almost 60 years old. VTC includes training rooms, a fully-equipped gym, a cafeteria with a spectacular riverside view, and a quiet room for drivers between assignments. A total of 26 service bays are provided in the new facility. Special catwalks are installed to permit servicing of the rooftop equipment on the trolley buses. Bus hoists can accommodate 40-foot and 60-foot articulated buses. There are five bays in a paint and body shop, where minor damage to vehicles can be repaired. Staff and visitor parking is located at the north end of the property, physically separate from bus movements. Access for employees to the main building, including shop areas, is via an overhead walkway with elevator. LEED design principles were used, and include an on-site treatment plant to remove contaminants What is LEED certification? Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an international set of standards and practices for sustainable “green” building designs. Transit operators in Canada are increasingly adopting LEED standards for the construction of new facilities and the renovation of older facilities. LEED buildings typically use less energy, and feature environmentally-friendly design features, including the use of recycled or reclaimed materials. There are four levels of LEED certification: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Certified. To determine the certification level of a project, points are awarded based on environmental performance criteria. The criteria are organized into five general performance categories, each of which is worth between five and 17 points, depending on how well the project meets the criteria. The categories are: Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Innovation & Design Process. Platinum projects must score between 52 and 70 points; Gold from 39 to 51; Silver between 33 and 38; and Certified projects between 26 and 32. In Canada, the LEED rating system is administered by the Canadian Green Building Council. from water run-off. The area surrounding the fuelling area has catch basins which feed into the wastewater treatment plant, to remove any diesel that may have spilled during refuelling. Water from the bus wash rack is cleaned after each use and reused for the next bus, thus minimizing water use. VTC occupies a brownfield site that was formerly a sawmill, and the development includes a new public riverfront walkway. GO Transit In Mississauga, Ontario, GO Transit’s new Streetsville Bus Facility is scheduled to open in early 2009. The facility provides 20,300 m2 of space and is situated on a 6.3 ha brownfield site. It will be the home of GO Transit’s 22 double deck buses and is constructed to TOP: An aerial illustration of GO Transit’s new Streetsville Bus Facility, which is scheduled to open in 2009. BOTTOM: The new bus garage in Saint John is scheduled to be completed in June 2009. canadian transit forum | forum canadien sur le transport collectif 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009

Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009
Message from the President – Rehabilitation and Renewal
Message du président – Renouvellement et remise en état
New Bus Garages from Coast to Coast
What is LEED Certification?
Nouveaux garages pour les autobus à l’échelle du pays
Qu’est-ce que la certification LEED?
Toronto’s Transit City Light Rail Plan
Plan de Transit City pour un train léger sur rail à Toronto
The Advocacy File – Meetings in Ottawa Set to Strengthen Commitment to Public Transit
Le dossier de la sensibilisation – Réunions à Ottawa pour renforcer l’engagement en faveur du transport collectif
Les gens du transport
People in Transit
Industry News
Des nouvelles de l’industrie
Trade List & Buyers’ Guide
Index commercial et guide des acheteurs

Canadian Transit Forum - April 2009 / avril 2009