Though it’s just weeks removed from a financial setback with the state, the Cache Valley’s transit system is moving forward with a $56 million project to expand its services for the growing area.
Officials From throughout Cache County Collect Monday Morning in North Logan We are about to open the doors to the new administration and maintenance facility. Cache Valley Transit District (CVTD), a project that has been almost 13 years in the making. The Nearly 110,000 square feet of building will be located on nine acres to the east. Logan-Cache Airport.
Todd BeutlerChief Executive Officer and General Manager of CVTD. The CVTD is not a part. Utah Transit Authority system, said that the district purchased the plot of land for 2010. If If everything goes according to plan, the new facility may be ready for use by November 2024.
“Some of our staff had asked the question, ‘Are we ever really going to do this?’ And that’s understandable, given how long it’s taken us, but we appreciate that we’re here now,” Beutler Monday During the groundbreaking ceremony.
Beutler Was one of the CVTD representatives that went before In, a legislative subcommittee January he asked for additional funding to help push the project forward. The District requested $8 million in one time gap funding to bridge the funding gap created by inflation over two years. That amount would make up about 14% of the project’s overall costs, according to a Presentation CVTD provided assistance to state legislators.
The Legislature Although the district did not receive the requested funding, it continues to move forward with its plans. One reason for the urgency is much of the district’s funding comes from federal grants, which need to be used by the end of this year.
“Obviously, that (denial) hurts, and so we’ll have to figure that out,” Beutler Monday. “We’ll find a solution somehow.”
He It is expected that the project will take a while to complete and that the district will be re-established. Legislature You can request the funds again in 2024.
The Administration and maintenance facilities will allow for the growth of the transit district. Beutler According to them, they have outgrown their current home. CVTD Projects Its ridership could increase up to 245% by 2050. This would mean that there would be approximately 2.5 million trips annually.
When CVTD will now have greater access to renewable resources thanks to the extra space provided by the new facility. This includes electric buses. He According to the Cache Valley These problems are similar to the Salt Lake ValleyCongestion and poor air quality continue to plague the region.
“Having transit as an option for folks really helps alleviate some of those things,” Beutler said.
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