TTC: McNicoll Bus Garage Design-Build

Supporting Current and Future Levels of Bus Service for TTC

With the Toronto Transit Commission’s (TTC’s) commitment to improving transit service and a growing ridership demand, it was determined that a new bus garage facility was needed in north Scarborough. The new McNicoll Bus Garage is expected to not only alleviate capacity issues and provide relief for overloaded existing bus garages but also lead to operational efficiencies and by extension, improved customer experience. Currently some buses servicing Scarborough are being maintained in the west end of the city leading to many out-of-service hours for the transfer of buses to and from their routes (dead-heading). Construction of the McNicoll Bus Garage Design-Build is scheduled to start in 2017 with functional readiness planned for 2020. The improved operating efficiencies gained by reducing out of service dead-heading time, increasing fleet size and reducing the maintenance backlog could then be re-invested into improvements for TTC riders.
The McNicoll Bus Garage will maintain and store 250 vehicles (forty-foot equivalents) and will be equipped to support the new articulated buses. The McNicoll Bus Garage has been designed to incorporate the AODA requirements for accessibility, exceed the Toronto Green Standards and support current and future levels of bus service for the TTC.

The garage will include:

  • Indoor storage for 250 buses
  • Transportation office
  • 2 service lines with exterior wash system
  • Bus cleaning area
  • Maintenance offices
  • Repair Bay, including 14 hoists (8 articulated & 6 standard), 2 inspection pits, paint shop, body shop with 2 bays (1 with hoist)
  • Degrease room with hoist
  • Materials receiving, storage and distribution area
  • Appropriate building systems (HVAC, plumbing, electrical, communications,etc.) including a centralized building automated controls system
  • Employee amenities (washrooms, locker rooms, lunch room/cafeteria and parking) appropriate for 3 shifts
  • Barrier free accessibility from street to staff washrooms, lockers, amenities and offices
  • Green Roof in Excess of Toronto Green Standard requirements
  • Maximized Tree Canopy
  • Minimized Storm-water Runoff managed through surface features such as bioswales and underground storm water storage structures
  • Installation of Rooftop Photovoltaic Cells