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January 9, 2013

DMT waiting for zone’s funding

DANVILLE — City officials are optimistic funding soon will be identified for a new $2.8 million Danville Mass Transit bus transfer zone downtown. A groundbreaking then could occur this year.

DMT director John Metzinger met with Illinois Department of Transportation officials in Chicago last month regarding a capital grant funding opportunity.

He said IDOT officials expressed interest in funding the entire project.

The city is eligible for about $3 million in funding from the new state capital grant program through IDOT’s Division of Public and Intermodal transportation. Funding also would be used for two new buses.

Hopefully next month IDOT will ask Danville Mass Transit to apply for the funding, Metzinger said, adding that he believes if they are asked to apply, the funding will be there for the project.

The status of the Danville Mass Transit transfer zone project is that the architectural drawings are 80 percent complete.

“We are very close to a final design,” Metzinger said.

The design will accomplish several things for Danville Mass Transit, including making the transfer island more Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible because buses can’t deploy ramps at several points; there will be improved indoor and outdoor waiting spaces, which will include heat in the winter and restroom facilities; and there also will be a saw-tooth boarding area.

The new loading area means dedicated stopping locations for each bus and buses will be able to pass each other. Now, buses can get stuck behind each other.

The $2.8 million costs include reconstruction of the entire property, new pavement, sidewalks, boarding locations, rainwater usage and a solar energy component with solar panels on the roof to power the new 1,000-square-foot shelter building.

The public restrooms will be available for both riders and downtown visitors — something downtown merchants have asked for previously.

“It will be a huge improvement and help with the overall aesthetics,” Metzinger said.

Replacement also is a big issue for DMT.

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