The federal government announced a contribution of $16.6 million at the groundbreaking for the new Ragged Lake Transit Centre in Ragged Lake Industrial Park late last week.


Defence and Atlantic Gateway Minister Peter MacKay represented the federal government at the Friday ceremony, which was also attended by Nova Scotia Minister of Municipal Relations Ramona Jennex and Halifax Regional Municipality Mayor Peter Kelly.


The $28-million Ragged Lake Transit Centre is scheduled to be completed in May 2010 and is expected to help ease the burden on Metro Transit as its two current facilities, both in Burnside, have reached capacity with over 280 buses in total.


The new centre will allow operation for an additional 150 buses, and eventually another 50 transit vehicles, according to a HRM release. The municipality also expects the new facility to help cut down on operational costs, as those not-in service buses won’t all have to travel to-and-from Dartmouth.