Construction to start soon on new Orangeville Transit Hub

June 1, 2023   ·   0 Comments

The Town of Orangeville and the County of Dufferin have been working to develop a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize use of lands at the Edelbrock Centre (30 Centre Street, Orangeville) for a new Orangeville Transit Hub.

When complete, the Transit Hub will provide transit routes with a central location to meet and initiate more efficient transfers.  The facility will house a dedicated drive through road that’s 6.5 metres in width for Orangeville transit buses from Centre Street to Dawson Road, a pedestrian crossing to link the two roads together, and a simple bus shelter. In the future, the Town may expand the space for up to six buses. There are also plans to initiate an on-demand transit feature to improve customer needs. 

Town staff presented the Memorandum to Orangeville Council on May 15, which received unanimous support.

“I’m excited to support the growth of and continued enhancements to Orangeville Transit,” said Mayor Lisa Post. “The transfer station will be essential to growing the transit system to better serve our growing community, while ensuring our continued commitment to encouraging the use of public transportation to help lower community greenhouse gas emissions.”

In January, the Town of Orangeville initiated a two-year pilot program for Fare-Free Transit, allowing anyone to ride Orangeville Transit for free.

“Dufferin County is dedicated to working with our partners to provide accessible, convenient services for all our residents,” added Wade Mills, Warden, Dufferin County. “We’re pleased to offer the Edelbrock Lands as the new location for Orangeville’s Transit Hub. The Hub will provide a central transfer point for riders, making it easy for Orangeville residents to get where they need to go. This will help promote transit as a preferred means of transportation.”

“Construction for the Transit Hub is happening around the Orangeville Community Gardens and Orchard,” said Tony Dulisse, Manager of Transportation and Development. “Unfortunately, it was determined that relocating or protecting some of the area’s trees was not feasible. Once the community garden is re-established, new fruit trees will be planted in locations that will give them the best chance of survival.”

Construction of the new Transit Hub is expected to be completed this year. Contract work is being completed by Graham Brothers through consultant Triton Engineering.

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