FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
6 February 2017
GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR
MST’S MONTEREY BAY OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE FACILITY
Today, the Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Board of Directors and staff celebrated the groundbreaking of what will become MST’s Monterey Bay Operations & Maintenance Facility.
The 31,000 square foot facility will be reconstructed to provide four additional maintenance bays, a new tire servicing station, larger parts storage, steam engine wash, a water-efficient bus wash, and a duel-sided fuel island.
An improved second-floor communications center will give dispatch a birds-eye view of the entire bus yard to monitor operations and safety. Enhanced amenities for staff will include a larger, more comfortable driver lounge, and a fitness room. Three training rooms for drivers and additional offices for operations management will also be built.
Much needed additional bus parking for up to 88 buses as well as support vehicles will allow MST to provide bus service to the Monterey peninsula without the need to transport empty buses from Salinas, reducing fuel consumption and operating costs. Overall, this new maintenance facility and equipment will be a state-of-the-art facility allowing for well-maintained buses and efficient service operation.
The $20 million construction project will bring approximately 248 well-paying, local jobs to the area through direct and indirect activities. Project funding comes from State of California Proposition 1B (2006) Public Transportation Modernization, Improvement, Service Enhancement Account Program and Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program, as well as local funds.
For more information, please visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1-888-MST-BUS1.