Traveling in the region may become less of a headache for some commuters.
Work has begun on the Western Bus Maintenance and Storage Facility.
Officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at the Manassas-based site on Wednesday morning.
The $49.8 million project, which is expected to be completed next year, is allowing OmniRide to expand its service and offer more options along I-66.
It’s also enabling Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s (PRTC) commuter bus service to dispatch buses to western Prince William County more efficiently, according to a release from the county.
Supervisor and Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) Chairman Marty Nohe explained that the bus maintenance facility isn’t simply a garage.
“This is truly a regionally significant project. It impacts everyone in our service area,” Nohe said at Wednesday’s event. “In a matter of a year and a half or so, this building is going to have a direct impact on the people of our community.”
OmniRide drivers and PRTC staff were recognized at the ceremony.
“I want them to know how very important public transit is to our community,” Supervisor and PRTC Chair Ruth Anderson said. “It’s becoming more and more important by the day, and I want them to be extremely proud of their work, and they should be.”
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