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Metrolinx facilitates the purchase of ITS/AVL technology on behalf of six Ontario municipalities; the joint procurement will save $2.3 million

TORONTO: June 23, 2016 – Metrolinx’s Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) Program, on behalf of six Ontario municipalities, has facilitated the purchase of an Intelligent Transportation System-Automated Vehicles Location Solution (ITS-AVL) to be installed on 127 transit buses. The ITS-AVL technology represents a standardized and sustainable solution that will help participating municipalities meet the 2017 automated announcement requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), while improving overall operating efficiencies. The ITS-AVL solution will allow passengers on buses and at bus stops to receive both audio and visual stop announcements.

The six participating municipalities are Temiskaming Shores, Kawartha Lakes, Orillia, Milton, Sarnia and Kingston. These municipalities are expected to save in total approximately $2.3 million over the five-year term of this project.

“Metrolinx is once again pleased to support municipalities through our Transit Procurement Initiative program to expand transportation services in Ontario,” said Bruce McCuaig, Metrolinx President and CEO. “By helping these municipalities get better value for their money, we continue to make the best possible use of public transportation investment dollars, and improve the quality of life in the Province.”

In addition to meeting AODA requirements, this contract will allow participating transit agencies, subject to local approval, to implement additional ITS subsystems, such as Data Management, Regulation, Passenger Information, Data Analysis and Passenger Counting. Each transit agency will have the option to select the types of subsystems needed based on their individual needs.

The ITS/AVL technology will be supplied by Consat Canada which will provide all necessary equipment and support local installations in buses. Also, Consat Canada will arrange for testing, training, repairs and technical support to ensure proper, timely and satisfactory completion of the implementation of the subsystems.

One of the municipalities purchasing the ITS/AVL technology as part of this program is the Town of Milton – a growing transit agency that will benefit from the advantages provided by the Metrolinx initiative.

“Transit systems of our size have limited resources for conducting complex technical procurements. By building on their past expertise with bus purchases, Metrolinx continues to provide us with an opportunity to share technical knowledge, purchasing power and quality support to acquire the intelligent transportation systems we need in order to advance our business,” said Tony D'Alessandro, Coordinator of Transit for the Town of Milton.

The Transit Procurement Initiative (TPI) is a Metrolinx program that helps small- and medium-sized Ontario municipalities save money by reducing unit costs through higher volume purchases and performance-based specifications, avoiding duplicate procurement costs while improving product quality.

Metrolinx is working to provide residents and businesses in the GTHA with a transportation system that is modern, efficient and integrated. Find out more about Metrolinx's Regional Transportation Plan for the GTHA. Find out more about GO Transit, PRESTO, and Union Pearson Express, divisions of Metrolinx.

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