Upgraded Bus Maintenance Means Greater Reliability
Springfield, MO, transit riders will benefit from renovated facility
If you lived in Springfield, Missouri during the early 20th century, chances are that you might have relied on a mule-drawn streetcar to get to work, purchase goods at the market, or visit family.
And while many Springfield residents today use a more modern form a public transportation –transit buses– the need for a safe, reliable, and efficient way to get around remains the same.
On Friday, the Federal Transit Administration celebrated the opening of a renovated 21st-century bus maintenance facility. This same facility has served Springfield for a century, dating all the way back to the years it housed mule-drawn streetcars. With this renovation, now a 21st century facility for a new generation of transit riders.
The FTA provided $7.7 million in State of Good Repair funds and $1.4 million in Recovery Act funds toward the $11.8 million facility, which is operated by City Utilities, Springfield’s transit authority.
For the first time, the renovated building can house buses indoors to reduce wear and tear and improve access for repairs. It also includes larger maintenance bays and upgraded fuel and bus wash stations.
As more and more Springfield residents choose public transit, we need to make sure that the maintenance facilities they’re using are in a state of good repair, able to service modern buses--and able to keep transit service running at a lower cost.
President Obama has called on DOT to invest in a modern, efficient transit system that meets the needs of today’s riders, and the Boonville Maintenance Facility is a great example for the rest of the nation.
The renovation work in Springfield is exactly the kind of project that the President's ‘Fix it First’ plan would address. 'Fix It First' would include $9 billion in federal funds to help communities around the nation repair and renovate public transit systems that riders depend on to get to work, to the doctor’s office, and to other key destinations.
By investing in a stronger transportation system today, DOT is building a stronger America for generations to come.
Caitlin Harvey works in the DOT Office of Public Affairs.