The 140,000-square-foot facility will increase efficiency and improve operations consolidating a number of functions in one sustainable space. It will house the following: administrative operations and maintenance offices; a full-service maintenance garage; a dispatch centre; fuelling stations, including compressed natural gas provision; a parts’ storage area; and storage and/or parking for all buses, support vehicles and employee vehicles.
“In order to continue to compete in the global marketplace, we must invest in updating our mass transit systems,” Governor Quinn said. “This project will create jobs, support statewide green initiatives and ensure that MetroLINK has the facilities it needs to provide good service to people throughout the Quad Cities.”
The new facility will be centrally located about one mile west of MetroLINK’s Centre Station in Moline. The engineering and design phase of the project is under way, and foundation and utilities work will begin this fall. Construction on the new facility is scheduled to begin spring 2012, with an expected completion date in spring 2013.
Source: Illinois Government News Network.