For Immediate Release
4 October 2021
Monterey-Salinas Transit (MST) Plans Celebration For Completion Of Its South County Operations And Maintenance Facility In King City On Monday, October 11, 2021
After 13 months of construction, MST will celebrate completion of its South County Operations and Maintenance Facility in King City on Monday, October 11, 2021, at 1:00 P.M. Groundbreaking held under pandemic restrictions allowed for only 12 attendees in July of 2020, but MST Board of Directors, community leaders, architectural and construction partners, along with staff are excited to now come together safely, to celebrate the successful completion of its newest operations facility.
The King City location will support existing and future transit needs in the surrounding rural communities of Monterey’s South County. The 11,000 square foot facility will primarily serve transit vehicles that serve residents of southern Monterey County communities. The facility will support 35 staff in MST’s maintenance, administrative, and bus driver functions. Up to forty buses will be operated from and maintained at the new facility. By operating from the facility in King City, MST buses will travel less miles resulting in a 900-ton annual reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
The $13.5 million construction project brought approximately 190 local jobs to the area through direct and indirect activities, providing an economic return of $77.5 million to local communities during the midst of the pandemic and related unemployment.
The MST South County Operations and Maintenance Facility is the first facility in the nation completed that utilized the Build America Bureau’s Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) Rural Project Initiative loan program. By using TIFIA, MST saved approximately $5M in interest payments when compared to traditional private financing sources. Additional funding was provided by Federal funds, State of California SB 1 funds, as well TAMC Measure X and local funding.
Service out of the new location is expected to begin in December.
For more information, visit www.mst.org or call Monterey-Salinas Transit toll free at 1‑888‑MST‑BUS1 (1‑888‑678‑2871). For RealTime bus arrival information, text “Next” and your four-digit bus stop ID (example, “Next 9103”) to 25370, call 1‑888‑MST‑BUS1 with your four-digit bus stop ID, download the free Transit app, or use Google Maps. Follow MST on Twitter at www.twitter.com/mst_bus for the latest service alerts.