York Region receives Association of Municipalities of Ontario award for joint purchasing project
The Regional Municipality of York, along with The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, the Cities of Brampton, Burlington and Hamilton, the Town of Oakville and the London Transit Commission have jointly received the Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award at the 2012 Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference in Ottawa, Ontario. The award recognizes the Transit Inventory Management Services (TIMS) project, the first initiative involving the consolidation of parts procurement for multiple transit authorities through a single supplier in North America.
“York Region is very pleased to be among the joint recipients of this prestigious AMO award,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch. “By working collaboratively to increase our purchasing power, each of the transit agency participants has achieved cost incentives that benefit our transit operations and the passengers and taxpayers they serve.”
The Peter J. Marshall Innovation Award was accepted on Tuesday, August 21. The award recognizes municipal governments who have demonstrated excellence in the use of innovative approaches to improve capital and/or operating efficiency, and to generate effectiveness through alternative service delivery initiatives and partnerships.
TIMS is the first initiative involving the consolidation of parts procurement for multiple transit systems through a single supplier in North America. This method reduces administration costs, uses economies of scale to save participating municipalities money, increases efficiency and reduces the supply chain’s carbon footprint. Working with Metrolinx, the Province of Ontario's regional transportation agency for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), the participating Ontario municipalities have worked collaboratively since 2009 to develop TIMS and implement it in 2012.
“By participating in TIMS in partnership with our transit operating contractors and consolidating the purchasing power of multiple, smaller municipalities, YRT/Viva has obtained the purchasing power and incentives formerly only enjoyed by our larger counterparts,” said Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services Committee. “This project will certainly pave the way for other small agencies to seek future cost savings.”
YRT/Viva offers local and rapid transit services throughout all nine municipalities in York Region. More than 120 routes keep residents connected within York Region, as well as with connecting services in the City of Toronto and the Region of Peel. Year-end projections predict YRT/Viva ridership will reach 21 million riders in 2012.
For more information about YRT/Viva services, please visit the YRT/Viva website at www.yrt.ca
or call the Customer Service Centre at 1-866-MOVE-YRT (668-3978).
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Media Contact: Kim MacGillivray, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York