Pocatello Regional Transit Looks to Break Ground on New Transit Hub

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Updated: 5/08/2013 11:16 pm

It’s a project that has been in the works for a decade and soon they hope to break ground. The concept of a transportation hub was first brought up by consultants from Seattle back in 2003. The City of Pocatello took their advice and has found a way to build it with as little impact to tax payers as possible.

It’s the face of PRT but this historic facility that was built more than 75 years ago is not large enough to meet the public transportation needs of the community. PRT has workers spread throughout the city, and we are not just talking about the bus drivers. They have administrative personnel at city hall, mechanics on South 2nd, and dispatch in Old Town. It’s not the most efficient way to run a transportation system and there is finally some relief in sight.

“Pocatello Regional Transit has been in operation, in some configuration for over 40 years and we’ve never really had a facility that was designed to maintain and do upkeep on transit vehicles,” said Transportation Department Head, Dave Hunt.

PRT has had to borrow, rent or just make do to get by. The new facility on south 5th avenue will give them plenty of room to grow, while maintaining their fleet, and they aren’t the only ones who are looking forward to the move.

“Salt Lake Express is excited about the prospect of a move to a more modern facility,” said Hunt. “Also, it’s more convenient to the freeway. The Idaho National Lab has expressed interest in staging some drivers and a park and ride at the facility. It is in every sense, an intermodal facility.”

PRT still plans on keeping the historic bus depot open. They’ll use that as a transfer station, Todd back to you.

PRT will present their plans during a city council work session tomorrow morning. They hope to have the contract out for bidding by the end of the month and the new transfer facility open sometime next year.

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