Regional Transit Center
The Regional Transit Center will centralize access to local and intracity bus service.
Since 2000, the FRCOG has participated in a multi-organization effort to develop a Regional Transit Center and hub in Franklin County. In 2004, a location was chosen for the facility - the Toyota of Greenfield site located at the corner of Bank Row and Olive Street in Greenfield's downtown Urban Renewal District. The Regional Transit Center, which will be owned and operated by the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA), will be an approximately 25,000 square foot building that will centralize all transit operations in the region. The facility will sell tickets, will provide rest rooms and waiting areas sheltered from the weather, and will provide office space for the FRTA, the FRCOG, and transit operators. The building is intended to be a model "green" stucture incorporating sustainable energy and building techniques wherever possible. In addition, the site is adjacent to rail lines, and should future passenger rail possibilities result from other transportation planning work that is currently underway, this site would provide excellent and centralized passenger rail access.
In 2004 the FRCOG co-wrote a grant application with the FRTA to begin property acquisition and design of the facility. The successful effort resulted in a $1.8 million earmark being secured by U.S. Representative John Olver to begin project development. After completion of an Environmental Assessment required by the Federal Transit Administration, the funding was released to the FRTA in 2007. In 2008, another $800,000 was secured by Congressman Olver for development of the facility.
Overall responsibility for development of the Regional Transit Center falls to the FRTA, but it is accomplished with the cooperation of a number of stakeholders and a Joint Facilities Committee made up of representatives from the FRTA Board, the FRCOG Council, and the Mayor of Greenfield. In early 2008, the FRTA hired McMahon Associates of Taunton, MA to serve as the Transit Center's "Owner's Project Manager". In this capacity, McMahon represents the FRTA in overseeing all aspects of project development and is currently working on several initial tasks. They have been working to acquire the Toyota of Greenfield property, as well as to secure necessary permits for the project. That have also provided a conceptual design of the facility that has been accepted by the Joint Facilities Committee. This conceptual design will be included as part of a Request for Proposals that McMahon plans to issue in April, 2008, seeking qualified consultants for design of the facility. It is anticipated that design will commence in the summer of 2008.
Efforts will continue to secure construction funding for the Transit Center, as will work to bring passenger rail back up the Connecticut River corridor and to the Transit Center site located in Greenfield. McMahon Associates anticipates that ground will break on construction of the Transit Center in May, 2009, with work being complete in September, 2010. For additional information about the Regional Transit Center please contact Linda Dunlavy, Exeutive Director of the FRCOG, or Tina Cote, Administrator of the FRTA.
This page was last updated on 04/30/2012 .