Allandale Pit in Colwood will be the site of BC Transit’s new distribution center

The buildings under construction in the Allandale pit in Colwood are getting new tenants.

BC Transit is preparing to move its parts warehouse to three warehouses at 650 Allandale Road.

Federal, provincial and local governments are investing $20.6 million to establish a provincial distribution center for BC Transit at the Allandale Colwood location.

The government of Canada is investing US$2.3 million, the government of British Columbia is investing US$8.4 million, and local governments are investing US$9.8 million.

The warehouses will stock parts for buses across the province, including battery electric buses to support fleet maintenance.

“Ensuring the accessibility and reliability of public transit is critical to building a fairer and more sustainable future for all British Columbians,” said Rob Fleming, British Columbia Secretary of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“This investment in BC Transit’s Provincial Distribution Center will help keep BC Transit’s fleet of vehicles on the roads and getting British Columbia residents where they need to go in communities across the province.”

An advantage of the new center is the improvement of safety and the working environment for the employees, since they no longer have to work outside in bad weather.

BC Transit is informing CHEK News that the province’s current warehouse is located at the Langford Transit Center and the move will free up space at the Langford site for the maintenance needs of the Victoria Transit System.

“The current storage space does not meet BC Transit’s requirements as multiple off-site locations are currently being used for storage and a large number of shipping containers are used to store parts,” the statement to CHEK News said.

“The new facility will be three times the size of the warehouse at Langford Transit Center and will continue to meet BC Transit’s projected needs over the long term. Increased lead times in the supply chain and continued pressure on warehousing requirements have necessitated an increase in the required warehousing and distribution space.”

Additionally, parts for all transit systems across the province, with the exception of Metro Vancouver, will now be centralized here and will both come and go from this location.

The property under development is known locally as the ‘Allandale Pit’ as it was a former gravel pit.

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