FACT receives federal grant
Author: Steve Ferris
Date: July 12, 2009
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $923,540 grant to Fayette Area Coordinated Transportation for design and construction of transfer center for riders who want to change buses in the Fayette Business Park.
It was one of five grants the department awarded to public transportation providers in Pennsylvania from $13.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.
Fayette County is using the money to build the FACT Transfer and Communications Center on Matthew Drive Extension by next summer, said Lori Groover-Smith, acting FACT director.
The bus stops on busy Beeson Avenue in downtown Uniontown are the current transfer areas where riders can exit one fixed route bus and board another.
"Our whole idea was a safe comfortable place for people to transfer buses instead of downtown, where it currently is," Groover-Smith said.
All of FACT's fixed routes will converge at the center and riders will be able to change buses there, she said.
"That's going to be the meeting place for all the fixed routes," Groover-Smith said.
Riders will also be able to obtain schedules, buy passes and get tourism brochures at the center, she said.
FACT has hired McMillen Engineering to design the center and some preliminary drawings of the 40-by-48-foot center have been completed, Groover-Smith said.
A construction contract for the center will be awarded through bidding and the target completion date is June 30 next year, she said.
Two employees will work at the center, which will have a waiting area with tables and chairs and vending machines, she said.
FACT's main office and garage will remain at the Joseph A. Hardy III - Connellsville Airport.