Surrey, British Columbia – Surrey, B.C. has upgraded its transit centre, modernizing it and expanding it to accommodate more buses in the future.

The $12.7 million upgrade included $2.1 million from the Government of Canada through its Building Canada Fund, $2.5 million from the province, and the remainder from TransLink.

The upgraded centre will provide additional parking for transit vehicles, new fuelling and maintenance bays for articulated buses, an above-ground fuel storage system, and a new bus wash facility with a waste water treatment plant. The system will use remotely-monitored automated technology to remove oil and grease from the waste water, and includes a recycling system that reduces water consumption by up to 80 per cent.

The centre can now accommodate 300 buses, including 50 sixty-foot articulated hybrid buses, and compressed natural gas buses. Previously the facility accommodated only 225 buses, including community shuttles and conventional 40-foot diesel buses.