Mayor Don Wesely, U.S. Representative Doug Bereuter and StarTran officials today broke ground for a $1.25 million expansion of the bus maintenance and operations facility at StarTran headquarters, 710 'J' Street. Congressman Bereuter worked to have $1 million for the project included in the November 1999 final federal appropriations measure, and the city is providing $250,000.
"As StarTran works to improve its services to the community, the maintenance and operations facility has not kept up," Mayor Wesely said. "We want to thank Congressman Bereuter for recognizing this problem and helping to secure funding for this project, which will improve StarTranís efficiency and employee safety."
Transit Manager Larry Worth said buses are unable to be lifted for maintenance within the current facility because of overhead clearance. He said sloping floors prevent simple maintenance functions, and narrow stalls result in insufficient work space around the buses.
The project will expand the current maintenance and operations facility by about 14,000 square feet. The expansion, to be constructed in two phases, will include new larger repair bays with lift capabilities; level, safe and more efficient service and cleaning areas; and an additional bus storage building to improve the efficiency and vehicle flow of the current facilities.
Construction will begin this month, and the project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2001.