December 7, 2009
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Alexandria, VA, Names New Transit Facility in Memory of Hurd
The Alexandria Transit Company (ATC) in Alexandria, VA, opened its new, 160,000-square-foot DASH Maintenance, Operations, and Administration Facility at dedication ceremonies Nov. 21. The transit agency named the facility in memory of William B. Hurd, the first chairman of the ATC Board of Directors, who served in the post for 23 years and died in 2008 at the age of 93.
ATC completed the $35 million building project on time and under budget. Its design conforms with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.
“This new, state-of-the-art facility will enable DASH to expand its vehicle fleet in response to the city’s need for more public transit services,” Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille said at the event. He noted that the city used state urban funds to pay for construction of the facility, explaining: “Typically, these funds have been used to build roads. The city of Alexandria decided instead to invest $35 million of several years of allocations to build this facility, which is a first in the commonwealth of Virginia.”
Other speakers included ATC Board Chairman Paul R. Abramson; Alexandria City Manager James K. Hartmann; John Komoroske, chairman, Alexandria Planning Commission; Charles Badger, director, Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation; and ATC General Manager Sandy Modell.