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MWRTA Celebrates Groundbreaking for New $10 Million Maintenance, Operations Center

New facility to consolidate fixed route and paratransit services, improve connection with downtown Framingham and create better access for the customer.

MWRTA Celebrates Groundbreaking for New $10 Million Maintenance, Operations Center
The MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Administrator Ed Carr joined State and Local officials to celebrate the ground breaking for the new operations and maintenance facility at 15 Blandin Ave. in Framingham Thursday afternoon.

 “I am excited and happy to see this long awaited project finally become a reality,” said Framingham Selectmen Chair Dennis Giombetti, in a press statement. “The town of Framingham is looking forward to working with the MWRTA to help revitalize the downtown area.” 

The $10 million Blandin Avenue project is being primarily funded with Federal funds. MassDOT has contributed $75,000 in State RTA capital assistance programing funds, for the initial engineering and design costs.

A portion of the Veterans Transportation and Community Livability Initiative grant in the amount of $500,000 will be used for the build out of a One Click, One Call Center, and $7.2 million of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant funding will cover the additional build out, purchase of the building and the CNG fueling station approved by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization this September. The CNG fueling station will provide a clean and safe, economical alternative fuel source for the region. The additional funding needed to complete the project will be made by selling the current RTA facilities at 37 Waverly Street. 

“I am overjoyed to see this infusion of federal funds into the MetroWest region for the purpose of creating infrastructure to accommodate public transportation,” said Natick State Rep. David P. Linsky. 

The new facility will allow the MWRTA to consolidate both fixed route and paratransit services under one location as well as facilitate the connection between the transit authority and downtown Framingham.

Another advantage to this facility will be the continuing control of assets by bringing both the maintenance and storage of the vehicles under direct oversight of the transit authority. As a result, annual operating expenses will be reduced, by at least $100,000.  

“I am thrilled that so many state and local agencies and officials came together to make this day possible. The MWRTA provides such an important service to the MetroWest region, and this beautiful new building will revitalize the area and serve as a hub for public transportation, as well as for community activities,” said State Sen. Karen Spilka. “I am so pleased to have been a part of the fight to establish and advance the MWRTA for our community.” 

The MWRTA is proud to be part of the collaboration of government agencies working together to simplify the process, bringing the project to fruition. The RTA looks forward to continuing to improve public transportation in the MetroWest area.  

“Breaking ground here today marks an important step in both supporting the work of the MWRTA and improving transportation access for the citizens of the MetroWest region,” said MassDOT Secretary & CEO Richard A. Davey. 

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