GREENSBORO - The Greensboro Transit Authority cut the ribbon on its new $18 million dollar operations and maintenance facility, Friday. The building was designed to meet rigorous Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.
The Greensboro Transit Authority left cramped quarters on Friendly Avenue built by Duke Energy in 1969 to move into 64,000 square feet of interior space on Meadowview Rd. that sits on 17 acres.
"You just couldn't imagine,” said Burley Wilkins, GTA general manager. “It's like living in a small box and then moving to a mansion."
Administrative offices, a classroom and safety and training office are on the ground floor and there's a spacious maintenance facility below street level.
"We're just in awe of the room we have for our storage for our parts,” said maintenance director Darin Black. “The room we have for working on vehicles. Being able to clean the vehicles and service the vehicles."
The building includes LED lighting and motion sensor light switchers and more.
"There's solar panels on top of the roof that save energy. That's how we actually heat the water that's running into the floor to heat this facility,” said Adam Fischer, Greensboro's transportation director. “We have a green planted roof, which actually helps cool and heat the facility in the winter.
Eighty-five percent of the project cost was paid with federal funding. About a third of that came from grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"This is a very good example of the intent of the stimulus dollars," said Fischer.
GTA operates a fleet of 104 buses. The new facility gives the agency the room it needs to keep pace with the growing demand for public transit in Greensboro.
"Our bus lot can house over 250 buses so that leaves for a lot of growth,” said Wilkins. “The way the ridership is going now it fits perfectly with what our mission is."