The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 11, 2014

Public Works Committee to name new bus facility

BY JENNIFER BAILEY jbailey@dancomnews.com
The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Construction hasn’t started yet on the new Danville Mass Transit transfer facility downtown, but members of the city council’s public works committee will consider naming the facility after a former DMT director.

The committee Tuesday night will consider approving a resolution naming the new bus transfer facility the “Richard Brazda Bus Terminal.”

Brazda served as the Danville Director of Public Transportation from 2003 until his retirement in 2011, and then continued to serve in an advisory capacity until the summer of 2013. Prior to coming to Danville, Brazda served as director of planning at PACE Suburban Bus Service in Chicago from 1976 to 2003, and worked in management for the Chicago Transit Authority since 1970.

The resolution also states that during Brazda’s 41-year career in public transportation, he has made significant contributions to public transportation in Illinois.

The new transfer zone will replace the structure on the northeast corner of North and Hazel streets. This was a project conceived and designed under Brazda’s leadership.

Construction bid documents are still in development by TranSystems.

Construction, expected to start late summer, will involve demolition of existing facilities and construction of a 1,000 square foot building with a passenger waiting area and restrooms, parking lot, eight independent bus stop bays, canopied boarding platform and sidewalks.

The public restrooms will be available for both riders and downtown visitors — a request from downtown merchants.

The facility will cost about $2.8 million. Grant funding includes a $48,600 Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation grant for solar energy panels at the new building.

In other business, committee members will consider purchasing a backhoe loader with attachments for $135,965 from CAT Altorfer. The equipment will replace a 1995 backhoe that is no longer functional, according to city officials.

They also will consider approving $50,000 in additional engineering work by Hanson Engineers for the Bowman Avenue project.

Coming Up The Danville City Council's Public Works Committee will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Robert E. Jones Municipal Building, 17 W. Main Street.