Solar-powered facility transforms former brownfield site while meeting growing demand for local bus service
Contact: Paul Griffo
TOLEDO, Ohio – Deputy Transit Administrator Therese McMillan today joined Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur and Toledo transit officials for the grand opening of a new 80,000 square-foot energy-efficient maintenance facility for the Toledo Area Paratransit Service (TARPS), which provides transit bus and van service to older Americans, persons with disabilities, and others who need assistance getting around.
“President Obama’s proposed budget for 2013 promotes American energy and puts people back to work rebuilding America’s infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Toledo’s new sustainable bus maintenance facility showcases our ability to create and save green jobs here at home while investing in an America that’s built to last.”
The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) funded 75 percent of the $9.6 million TARPS maintenance facility, which was needed to meet the growing demand for service, which rose 23 percent last year over 2011. FTA also provided $3.4 million in federal funds last year to replace 38 of 59 aging paratransit vehicles in the TARPS’ fleet.
“Toledo’s growing population of seniors, people with disabilities and families without cars, depend on access to clean, reliable transit to get to work, school, medical appointments, or the mall,” McMillan said. “In Toledo, and all across Ohio, people need to know they can count on the funds being available for future transit projects like this that improve mobility while helping us create more sustainable communities.”
The building also incorporates solar panels, a geothermal heating and cooling system, skylights, and reflective roofing.
The new facility, which created approximately 20 construction-related jobs and retained 60 other jobs, was built on a former industrial brownfield site and includes a biodiesel fueling station and enough space to efficiently service, wash, fuel, and store more than 100 buses under one roof. The facility’s central office space will be home to approximately 100 TARPS’ employees.