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Construction of $2.7M Bay Transit facility planned

After years of preparation, Bay Transit, a division of Bay Aging, has broken ground for a new operations and maintenance facility in the Commerce Park of Warsaw.

On April 27, more than 30 community members, officials and area politicians attended a groundbreaking celebration at the building site. This event marks the start of a project to update Bay Transit’s operational capabilities, a critical step in providing better transportation service and allowing Bay Transit to expand future services.

Designed by MMM Design Group of Norfolk, the new facility is expected to be complete by spring 2010, with site occupation expected summer 2010. Warren Flynn Construction Company Inc. of Fredericksburg is the contractor building the facility.

The combined design and construction budget for the Bay Transit maintenance and operations facility is $2,720,327. Of that cost, $2,487,900 has been awarded in state and federal grants. The remaining 9% is comprised of a local match. The almost 11,000-square-foot transit facility will include an area for operations and dispatch as well as a fleet maintenance shop consisting of two vehicle bays with lifts.

According to Corey Hill, Chief of Public Transportation at the Virginia Department of Rail and Transportation (VDRPT), the Bay Transit Warsaw facility is one of 15 such facilities in the state for which VDRPT has been able to provide funds in the last five years. “Bay Transit is so important to this area of the state because it serves 14 communities,” he said, “and provides absolutely essential public transportation services.”

In 1996, Bay Transit started its transportation services with one bus serving Gloucester County. Today, Bay Transit offers public transportation services for all people of all ages for all purposes in 12 counties throughout the Middle Peninsula, the Northern Neck, and New Kent and Charles City counties, plus the towns of West Point and Colonial Beach.

The transportation services remain extremely affordable ($8 for a booklet of 10 tickets) and operates 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, primarily as a demand-response system (riders must call 24 hours in advance to schedule their ride).

Additionally, Bay Transit runs seasonal trolley service in the towns of Kilmarnock, Irvington, White Stone, Urbanna and Colonial Beach.

In 2008, Bay Transit provided 156,000 rides.

For more information on Bay Transit, call 758-2386 or visit http://www.baytransit.org

posted 05.13.2009

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