It’s been talked about for years but Augusta’s new Transit’s new administrative and maintenance facility is almost here.
The central hub for Augusta Transit which is dropping the term public out of its brand.
This is what change looks like for Augusta Transit, this brand-new facility that’s been a long time coming.
I did believe it was going to happen it just took some time to get it there I did believe it was going to happen,” said Transit Director Sharon Dottery.
“Now that it’s here?”
“Now that its here we’re excited,” said Dottery.
Tuesday Commissioners named Sharon Dottery the city’s new Transit Director and now she’s showing off the departments new state of the art central hub.
The gleaming maintenance side comes complete with a bus wash, and service area.
“Being able to fuel them and having a brand-new bus wash, to clean them, and we do that every night,” says Dottery.
Talk of this facility started in 2009 when the city was going to go in with the Board of Education on a joint facility, on Lumpkin Road that did not happen.
So the city took over this school board property near Regency Mall.
The new building comes at a time that the Transit Department is moving to a new brand.
“The new brand is it’s not longer going to be known as public it’s now Augusta Transit, says Commissioner John Clarke.
“We want everybody to know transit is just not for people who depend on Transit but anyone who wants to ride transit,” said Dottery.
The new building allows Augusta Transit to finally get out of its old bus barn and offices at Fenwick and 15th Street, this site is expected to become part of Augusta University’s gateway project.
Transit officials are looking to move into this high tech state-of-the-art facility in early July, In Augusta George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel 6.