Source: Idaho Business Review (Boise)
Author: Jennifer Gonzalez
New transit center planned in Pocatello
POCATELLO - Pocatello’s new transit facility would replace its existing one which is too small and poses safety hazards. Rendering courtesy of JHS Architects. Pocatello is closer to building a new transit facility. The transit center would serve as the headquarters for everything related to the city’s urban and rural bus program, according to Pocatello Director of Transportation Dave Hunt. The city plans to construct two new buildings on 7.5 acres at 5775 S. Fifth Ave. A 12,000-square-foot building would provide shop services for at least 20 buses daily, including maintenance and repairs, washes and a fueling station. A separate, 5,200-square-foot structure would accommodate administrative offices and passenger services. The facility would replace an existing shop site at 1207 S. Second Ave. The large brick building has been modified over the years, but Hunt said some of its bays are too small and unsafe. “Window frames inside the building are dilapidated and no longer keep the elements out,” Hunt said. “Additionally, some of the fixtures inside the bays are too low to accommodate buses when they are lifted for servicing.” When the new transit center is built, the old building will be sold. The total construction cost is $4.3 million, and work should begin in late summer and wrap up in spring 2014. Starr Corporation is the general contractor. JHS Architects is the architect. “We’ve been talking about desperately needing to build something new for at least 10 years,” Hunt said.