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Natchez Intermodal Transit Center celebrates with Ribbon Cutting
from Staff Reports - NEWS
November 15, 2013 - ListenUpYall.com
Today, The Natchez Intermodal Transit Center Ribbon cutting took place on the Corner of Wood Avenue and North Shields Lane. Many citizens of Na.tchez, Mississippi came out to celebrate this huge mile stone.
MDOT partnered with the Federal Transit Administration and the City of Natchez to develop a state-of-the-art, multi-use regional transportation center. The U.S. Department of Transportation supported this $4 million project with a $3.1 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant.
The remaining funds were made up of state funds from MDOT and local matching contributions from the city of Natchez. The facility is the centerpiece of regional efforts led by the Natchez Transit System (NTS), which will coordinate public and private transportation resources.
Executive director of the Natchez Transit System, Sabrena Bartly, believed that today was a good day for the city of Natchez.
“It is a great vision, Bartly said. “A vision of a comprehensive community transportation system serving the needs for citizens, and visitors too. We are not limited here in Natchez, Mississippi.”
Remarks were given by Sabrena Bartley, MPA, Transportation Director, Natchez Intermodal Transit Center; Yvette Taylor, Ph.D., Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region IV Administrator; Tom King, Southern District Commissioner, MDOT; Robert L. Johnson, III, Mississippi House of Representatives and Chairman, House Transportation Committee; Charles R. Carr, Director, Office of Intermodal Planning, MDOT; and Larry L. “Butch” Brown, Mayor, City of Natchez.
“This a great event not only for Natchez, but the entire state,” said Commissioner King. “It took a lot of people to make this vision possible. I believe this is just the beginning for other transit centers statewide that will happen. I’m glad to be a part of this movement.”
To improve the mobility options for citizens throughout Southwest Mississippi, the facility will be a regional passenger transfer hub, a modern maintenance center and a regional transportation call and dispatch center.
It will include a park-and-ride lot, space for secure vehicle parking, a regional training classroom along with retail space for operators of private transportation services.
Following the ribbon cutting, a tour was given for the Natchez Intermodal Transit Center.
Ground broken for new intermodal transit facility
By: MBJ Staff.
Published: October 5,2012
NATCHEZ — Ground has been broken for the Natchez Regional Intermodal Transit Facility at the corner of Wood Avenue and North Shields Lane.
The City of Natchez is partnering with MDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to develop a state-of-the-art, multi-use, regional intermodal transportation center that is being jointly supported with an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, state funds from MDOT and local matching contributions from the city.
The facility is designed to be a regional passenger transfer hub, a modern maintenance center and a regional transportation call-and-dispatch center. It will include a park-and-ride lot, space for secure vehicle parking, a regional training classroom along with retail space for operators of private transportation services.
The Natchez Transit System (NTS) is a key component of the Southwest Mississippi Accessible Regional Transportation (SMART) Coordinated Services system. This system provides a variety of transportation services in Southwest Mississippi. The new facility will provide training opportunities, ready access to maintenance services and vehicle sharing along with automated routing and dispatching capabilities for SMART members.