Monday, April 6, 2015

GVT celebrates grand opening of West Transfer Facility



Grand Valley Transit leaders are celebrating the opening of GVT's West Transfer Facility this Wednesday, April 8, at 11 a.m.

Federal, state and local transportation officials will be on hand for the ribbon cutting at the new facility, 612 24 1/2 Road in Grand Junction, as will local elected officials including all three Mesa County Commissioners. 

The event will be at 11 a.m. at 612 24 1/2 Road in Grand Junction. Parking is available behind the building in the Park 'n' Ride lot off F 1/8 Road. 

The new GVT facility should make it more convenient for bus riders to use public transportation through easier transfers, extended hours for pass purchases, on-site restrooms and a Park 'n' Ride lot that accommodates 49 vehicles. 

The new facility is 2,846 square feet and has six bus transfer areas. Total project cost was $3.4 million. It was possible thanks to the support and work of the Grand Valley Regional Transportation Committee, the Federal Transit Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation. 

Wednesday's event also marks Stand Up for Transportation Day, which emphasizes the need for long-term investment in U.S. transportation infrastructure. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act expires on May 31. Without a long-term federal transportation funding bill, Mesa County and communities across the country will face uncertainty. A long-term transportation bill is needed for better and expanded transportation options, and to continue to grow the economy. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #StandUp4Transportation. Learn more at standup4transportation.org.

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