August 31, 2009
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COTA Breaks Ground for Paratransit Facility
The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) began construction of its new paratransit facility at ceremonies July 29 attended by COTA officials, community leaders, and users of Mainstream, the agency’s demand-response service for persons with disabilities.
The 100,000-square-foot facility on COTA’s Fields Avenue Campus will house administrative, eligibility, and customer care functions, as well as operations and maintenance for up to 104 paratransit vehicles. The $23.8 million project is receiving $13.6 million in federal funds, $4.2 million of which comes from an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant. The facility is scheduled for completion in November 2010.
In accordance with its commitment to sustainability, COTA is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for the structure.
According to COTA President/Chief Executive Officer Bill Lhota: “Construction of a state-of-the-art, stand-alone facility for Mainstream demonstrates our commitment to providing mobility to everyone in our community and positions COTA to expand mobility options in the future.”
The paratransit service, operating with 58 vehicles, provided nearly 180,000 trips to persons with disabilities in 2008, and nearly 100,000 trips so far this year.