Charlottesville Transit Service Breaks Ground on Green Maintenance and Operations Facility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2009
Charlottesville Transit Service

615 East Water Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Contact: Kristen Gleason

(434) 970-3349

gleasonk@charlottesville.org

 

            Charlottesville, Virginia…3/9/09… Charlottesville Transit Service (CTS) has broken ground on a new maintenance and operations facility at 1545 Avon Street Extended, just south of the City of Charlottesville.  Attended by officials including U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello and Mayor Dave Norris, the March 9 ground breaking marks the start of a project to update CTS’ operational capabilities.  Part of a broader green vision for public transportation in Charlottesville, the new facility is expected to be substantially complete by Summer 2010, with site occupation by Fall 2010.

            The present transit facility at 315 4th Street NW, which has been in use since 1976, is no longer adequate for the number of vehicles and staff members CTS employs.  The new facility is a critical step in providing better transportation service and allowing CTS to further expand services in the future.

            “By upgrading our capabilities through this new green facility, CTS will be positioned not only to provide current services to the community in a more efficient manner, but to make the transition to become a regional public transit provider,” said Bill Watterson, Transit Manager for CTS.  “Charlottesville Transit Service is an important part of a greener future for Charlottesville.  That future includes this new facility as well as plans to operate a hybrid bus fleet, with the first vehicles in place as soon as 2010.”

            To be constructed by the W.M. Jordan Company of Richmond, the CTS maintenance and operations facility will consist of four buildings on approximately six acres totaling 26,300 square feet.  The construction phase will also serve as an economic generator, and is estimated to create 38 new jobs.

Designed by local firm VMDO Architects in accordance with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards as set forth by the United States Green Building Council, LEED Gold certification is anticipated.  The maintenance and operations facility is on track to become the second CTS building to receive this designation – the first being the Downtown Transit Station at 615 East Water Street, which opened in March 2007.

            The combined design and construction budget for the CTS maintenance and operations facility is $15,558,020.  Of that cost, $14,266,162 has been awarded in state and federal grants.  The remaining $1.29 million – approximately 8% of the cost – is being funded by the City of Charlottesville.

            Among the structures on site, the 8,600 square foot administration & operations building will house administrative and operations staff and serve as the dispatching and facilities base for CTS bus drivers.  A 13,000 square-foot fleet maintenance shop for both heavy and light maintenance will have lifts and service bays and also provide employee office and work space.  

            Other new construction includes a fuel island, fare room, and a 3,500 square-foot vehicle wash building with separate gantry and chassis washes.  Site work on the property will incorporate parking spaces for the entire CTS bus fleet. 

            Green practices are projected to result in an average energy savings of 32% over baseline code-compliant buildings, and an estimated water conservation of 1.55 million gallons per year.

            CTS provides public transportation on 18 routes throughout greater Charlottesville.  More than 1.8 million passengers boarded CTS in the 2008 calendar year – an increase of 231,000 boardings above 2007 that represents 14.5% in ridership growth.

            Daytime routes operate Monday through Saturday from 6:15 AM until 6:45 PM, with night service until 11:45 PM on selected routes.  Sunday bus service is offered on the FREE Trolley and Route 7.  All CTS vehicles are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bike racks.

            For more information about CTS, please contact Customer Service at (434) 970-3649 or visit charlottesville.org/transit.

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