- Associated Press - Monday, December 21, 2015

BELLEVUE, Idaho (AP) - A central Idaho bus service is scheduled to open a new transit hub in Bellevue next month.

Mountain Rides Transportation Authority’s south-valley transit hub in Bellevue is nearly completed, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for mid-January, according to The Idaho Mountain Express (https://bit.ly/1QUtL03 ).

“We’re having a construction meeting with our contractor on Friday to figure out the specific date we will be moving in,” Maintenance and Facilities Manager Ben Varner said. “We’re at the point right now where most of the finishes are already put in, the office and conference room have been painted, phone and Internet lines have been dropped in and the floor where the buses are going to be stored overnight will be epoxied early next week.”

The new facility will be used for bus maintenance and storage of up to five buses. It also includes a passenger waiting area and a small park-and-ride lot for commuters.

Crews broke ground on the project in May and it was originally expected to be done in March 2016. Mountain Rides Executive Director Jason Miller said that upon completion, the project is expected to be $20,000 to 40,000 under the expected $1.8 million cost.



“We’re hoping to have a grand opening and party down there (Bellevue) with all of our funding partners and the public to come see the new facility and our newly purchased 35-foot bus that was inaugurated on the Valley Route Wednesday afternoon,” he said.

Varner said a ribbon-cutting ceremony and public celebration for the south-valley hub and new bus will be announced as soon as a completion date is confirmed with the project’s contractor.

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Information from: Idaho Mountain Express, https://www.mtexpress.com

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