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Designing for the Future: The Marpole Transit Centre

The Marpole Transit Centre in Vancouver is a testament to our commitment to sustainable design and functionality. The centre represents further advancement in public transportation providing residents with more reliable, sustainable travel options throughout Vancouver and surrounding communities. Designed to accommodate mixed fleet of 300 buses, targeting 100% electric, zero-emission vehicles, the centre is a significant step towards a greener future.

One of the key design elements is the Battery Electric Buses (BEBs) charging solution. It’s modular and scalable, allowing for quick modifications to the charging positions to meet any changes in the fleet mix throughout its lifetime of operation. This flexibility ensures that the centre can adapt to future advancements in bus technology.

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The centre includes:

  • A three-level bus garage includes bus charging and storage at ground level, employees and NRV (Non Revenue Vehicles) parking, charging infrastructure, and an electrical substation on the second level, the third level is dedicated for administrative facilities as well as employee and visitor parking.
  • A two-level maintenance building is equipped with bus maintenance and repair bays, body shops, parts storage, as well as admin offices and support areas for mechanics and maintenance staff.
  • Bus fueling facility to serve during hybrid fleet transition period and will be converted once the fleet is fully electrified.
  • Bus wash and detailing facility. These features ensure that the centre can efficiently maintain its fleet, providing reliable service to the people of Metro Vancouver.
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Carried out in partnership with WSP, A49 is delivering a design for the Centre that seamlessly blends functionality and innovation. The Marpole Transit Centre is more than just a project; it’s a symbol of collaboration, a testament to overcoming complexity, and a bridge to a sustainable future. As we move towards the estimated opening in late 2027, we celebrate each project milestone and the profound impact it will have in connecting Metro Vancouver’s communities and supporting a low carbon, net-zero future.

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